The MS Visual Arts program in Grade 7 is focused on the development of creative thinking and expression. Students will experience different aspects of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and digital art. Students peer assess, self-assess and reflect regularly throughout the course. They work in groups, pairs and individually, and participate regularly in discussions linking to core classes, community, and service whenever possible. Students are encouraged to participate in art challenges and competitions. The visual arts assessment consists of both the finished products (Studio Work) and the process of artistic investigation and development (Art Journal and Blog). This two-part assessment, Studio Work and the Art Journal, is standard in middle school and high school art classes.