2024-2025 School Year

Art Explorations for Middle School SPT

Tuesdays AND Thursdays

Course Description

Students will focus on creative expression, art history, and art appreciation. They will use techniques and media to create art pieces such as drawing, painting, mixed media, textiles, sculpture, and printmaking. They will be introduced to art vocabulary organically, including the Elements of Design (line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space), as well as the Principles of Design. Students will study several artists (modern, contemporary, and a few from other art periods) while also learning how to critique their own works of art.

To be successful in this class:

The curriculum is based on a three-year rotation to accommodate students from grades 6-8 and those taking the course more than once. Students have no need of prior experience or particular talent but should be willing to try new things and enjoy the process. Participation and effort are the keys to success. Weekly participation grades will be based on effort, weekly homework sketchbook entries, and improvement during class.


Grades: 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Fees: $360 (plus a $35 supply fee)

Sections Offered: 6th Section A- 4th Hour, 6th Section B- 3rd Hour 7th/8th -2nd Hour

Required Materials

Textbook: none

Other Materials:

  • Ticonderoga Pencils (pre-sharpened)
  • Green three-prong folder for handouts (to be brought to class weekly)
  • Spiral Sketchbook, 9″x12″
  • Blue Poster Board (to make portfolio)
  • Graphite Pencil Set for sketching (including at least HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Two Black Sharpies

6th Section A- 4th Hour, 6th Section B- 3rd Hour 7th/8th -2nd Hour

Meet Heather Steward

Education: North Greenville University B.A. Theatre. The University of Southern Mississippi M.F.A. Theatre Design and Technology

Teaching experience: Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Southern Mississippi 2016. Elementary/Intermediate Theatre at Spartanburg Christian Academy 2022-2024

Homeschool experience: Began homeschooling in 2024

UHC Courses Taught: Middle School Art
Began teaching at UHC in 2024

Art Explorations meets twice per week, Tuesday and Thursday:

  • 6th Grade Section A 4th hour
  • 6h Grade Section B 3rd hour
  • 7th/8th graders 2nd Hour