Virtues of Excellence
6th to 12th Grade
In his recent book, Community Before Self, philanthropist Malin Burnham details what he calls “seven virtues of excellence.” These virtues are the result of lessons learned throughout his amazing life, and provide a roadmap for living a life of purpose and meaning. We believe these virtues have the potential to impact our individual quality of life, and serve to improve our schools, neighborhoods, and communities.
Rainforest Art Project has partnered with the Burnham Foundation to connect these invaluable life lessons with top-notch art instruction in a way that brings added clarity to both subjects. This challenging program is designed for grades 6th through 12th, and introduces the fundamental elements of art concepts and principles of design. It is presented in a way which applies clear, visible qualities to concepts which may ordinarily appear abstract and vague to many young adults.
Detailed lesson plans are supported by easy-to-follow video instructions, making it easy for any teacher to confidently guide their students through art processes. In addition, supporting visuals and all necessary supplies are organized and packaged for each student.
The value of teamwork is highlighted through the story of creating the Statue of Liberty—an outstanding example of collaboration and support between hundreds of people from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Students will explore line as an element of art, with inspiration and thoroughly-explained examples from the famous artworks of different periods and genres. To practice their teamwork skills, students will be working with a partner to sketch quick gesture drawings, as well as create a drawing of an object of a partner’s choice—without the freedom to erase any lines.
This challenging exercise is devoted to practicing observational skills by training the hand to follow the eye. Students will learn how to trust the process and forgive mistakes, which is an important part of any collaboration. The final assignment combines all of the newly achieved skills to create a detailed line drawing.