The Cloverleaf Middle School's Visual Art program strives to enhance the student’s awareness and appreciation of art’s presence within society. Students are expected to complete, both collaboratively and individually, hands-on projects incorporating various media and techniques.

The program is based on the Ohio Standards for Visual Arts. Students are exposed to and work in a variety of media that may include drawing, painting, sculpture, design, technology, fiber arts, and art history. The fundamentals of Art are practiced and feature The Elements of Art (line, shape, space, form, texture, value, color) and the Principles of Design (balance, pattern, unity, emphasis, contrast, movement, rhythm). Students will develop technical skills in a variety of media, as well as resolve problems to communicate a specific idea. In addition, students will implement the critique to analyze artwork; their own, that of others and art works in history.

Cloverleaf Middle School student’s will develop artistic sensibility encourages self-discovery through which students will value their own individuality and the individuality of others; in turn promoting a broader awareness of social responsibility. Students are also encouraged to practice critical thinking skills, be creative, and express themselves while in class.

Elements of Art

The Elements of Art are the following: line, shape, form, texture, value, texture, color and space. These elements are the building blocks of composition in art. When we analyze any drawing, painting, sculpture or design, we examine these component parts to see how they combine to create the overall effect of the artwork.
The Elements of Art have a relationship to one another:

* Most images begin their life as line drawings. 
* Lines cross over one another to form shapes. 
* Shapes can be filled with tone and color, or repeated to create pattern. 
* A shape may be rendered with a rough surface to create a texture.
* A shape may be projected into three dimensions to create form.

Each of the elements may also be used individually to stress their own particular character in an artwork. Different elements can express qualities such as movement and rhythm, space and depth, growth and structure, harmony and contrast, noise and calm and a wide range of emotions that make up the subjects of great art.

Principles of Design

The Principles of Design are the following: balance, emphasis, movement, pattern, repetition, proportion, rhythm, variety and unity. These principles guide the use of the elements of art to improve or enhance the overall look the artwork. The videos below contain more information about each element of art. Enjoy.