Rivera Middle School Art Class bridges the gap between elementary and high school. Its function is to continue to develop the students' creative abilities, instill an enthusiasm and appreciation of the visual arts, and to develop the skills necessary for self-expression. Through art experiences, a student continues to build skills such as critical thinking and creative problem solving. They will also develop an understanding of the connections between art and their core academic classes. Art is a confidence building process that can provide the student with a greater self-confidence - thus greater self-esteem. Students will learn about the Elements of Art, Principles of Design, Art movements, Art history, artistic perception, and careers in the visual arts.