Welcome to the RMS Art Department

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Welcome to the RMS Art Department

Art education in Radnor Township School District is designed to nurture and develop:

  • The natural joy of creating visual art
  • Technical skill in art production
  • An appreciation for arts and artists- past and present -from various cultures
  • Creative and critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Visual literacy 

Mrs. Gayle Barwick-Collins, RMS Art Teacher
Room 209
610-386-6300 x7209 | gayle.barwick@rtsd.org

Mr. Tom McLaughlin, RMS Art Teacher
Room 211
610-386-6300 x7211 | thomas.mclaughlin@rtsd.org

Course Information by Grade Level

  • Grade 6

    In the course of this program of study, sixth (6th) grade students will create visual art works with a variety of media, techniques, and processes. Through the processes they will learn to more effectively communicate their ideas. Activities used to reach the art goals may include observational drawing, tempera painting, and pastel drawing. Color, theory, and composition will be introduced. The students will experience creating three (3)-dimensional art while working with copper repousse. The hand-building technique of pinch pots may be used to construct a clay sphere as a starting point for a sculptural design.

    Projects include:

    • Tempera Painting (non objective, symmetrical, assymetrical)
    • Copper Repousse
    • Pastel Drawing
    • Clay Pinch Pot

    Grade 7

    The Radnor Middle School seventh (7th) grade Art course gives students the opportunity to create visual art works in a variety of media.  Students communicate ideas using a variety of techniques and processes.  All media explorations will emphasize the creative process and the logistics of producing art.  Projects will include, but are not limited to, observational drawing, painting, basket weaving, and hand-built clay slab construction.  When drawing, the students will draw an image using value to create a sense of volume.  Color schemes and color mixing will also be explored.

    Projects include:

    • Clay Head (slab construction) Face Jug
    • Basketry
    • Pop Art
    • Cartooning
    • Reduction Printmaking
    • Pastel Drawing
    • Contour Drawing/Tempera Painting

    Grade 8

    The Radnor Middle School eighth (8th) grade Art course gives students the opportunity to create visual art works in a variety of media.  Different techniques and processes are used to communicate ideas.  All areas of study will emphasize the creative process and the logistics of producing art.  Projects will include, but are not limited to, observational drawing, painting, and sculpting.  When drawing, the students will learn to observe and draw an object accurately.  To accomplish this, the students will use value to develop the appearance of form and space on a two-dimensional plane.  Perspective, highlighting, and shading will be encouraged.  Painting with acrylic paints will be introduced through an activity, such as creating a self-portrait on canvas.  To achieve a pleasing result, the students will learn how to use different tones of a base color (not necessarily a local color) to simulate the structure of the face. Texture and line will also be presented through this process.  Sculpture will be addressed through an activity, such as the design and construction of a clay piece.  This project will combine hand-building techniques (pinch, coil, and slab) while also implementing modeling techniques.  The finished piece will extend knowledge of color sense through the process of glazing and firing the work.  One example of this type of activity would be the creating of a clay cube that uses some element(s) of sculpture as part of the overall design.  Other exciting possibilities exist to accomplish the goals of this element of the eighth (8th) grade art curriculum.

    Projects include:

    • Self Portrait in Acrylics
    • Black and White Charcoal Sketch
    • Pencil Contour Sketch
    • Clay Cube with Sculptural Elements