Students may choose visual art as a one semester elective during each of their three years in middle school. The emphasis in 6th grade is on vocabulary, elements and principles of design, and art history. Students will explore media in two and three dimensional work. In grades 7 and 8, students will expand their understanding of the elements and principals of design for creative self-expression and begin to analyze and critique artwork. This may occur through exploration of drawing, painting, clay, sculptural materials, fiber arts, or jewelry.
Band is available as an elective to middle school students. Students are introduced to all major wind and percussion instruments and build on the fundamentals of music notation and reading learned in elementary school. They also practice instrument responsibility, performance etiquette, music appreciation, and overall involvement in the arts. In 7th and 8th grades, the fundamentals are reinforced while adding new material to the repertoire by learning more varied music and mastering additional technical exercises and advanced musical expression. Band students participate in several concerts throughout the year both on and off GWA’s campus. The goal of the middle school music program is to instill a love for music that will remain with the student beyond their middle school years.