The Waller Junior High Art program consists of Introduction to Art through Art 1 for High School credit. Coursework is designed with grade-level projects that encourage a foundation for visual arts adhering to the Texas TEKS.
Students in 6th grade may select Introductory to Art class. Intermediate Art is available to 7th grades to fulfill an elective requirement. Art 1 provides a High School credit and satisfies the Fine Arts credit required for graduation for 8th grade students only. Coursework is designed to build on skills at one level as the student advances to the next course.
ART at a Glance
Participants in the Art program explore elements of art such as line, value, color, shape, and form and principles of art including balance, proportion and rhythm. Students express thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination and problem solving skills. Perception, creative expression, historic and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation provide a unifying structure for the curriculum.
Projects and portfolio pieces from the coursework may include sculpture, printmaking, watercolor, acrylic paintings and graphite sketches. Students are also introduced to instruction in pastels, colored pencil, and ceramics. Exposure and experimentation with various types of art allows exploration and the development of lifelong skills.
Throughout the year students are encouraged to participate in contests and art showings including The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art, UIL Art, The WJH Art Show and Auction, as well as other local competitions. These competitions provide recognition and sometimes, monetary rewards.
At the High School level, the opportunity and potential for art scholarships increases. Students interested in seeking careers in interior design, animation, web design, advertising, illustration or other visual art occupations may benefit from these courses.