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The visual arts are a unique language through which individuals communicate their ideas, feelings and cultures. Multi-sensory experiences, such as the arts, are the means by which humans understand and express their world. Through art, students develop skills in a wide variety of materials, tools and techniques that allow for creative, meaningful and personal expression


Our curriculum promotes creative problem solving, decision-making and judgment skills which help to develop the whole intellect and contribute to the promotion and integration of concepts common to all academic areas. Additionally citizens in today’s global community need these skills to succeed in current and future job markets. The arts expose our students to ecological, social and cultural concerns facing their community and the world. With the growing complexity of visual culture, the study of art helps students to decipher multiple messages and make intelligent and thoughtful life decisions.


We provide a wide variety of visual experiences ranging from drawing and painting to ceramics, printmaking, photography, graphic design and mixed media materials. Through structured coursework, which includes knowledge of artists and historical periods, aesthetic elements, interdisciplinary and multicultural connections art students understand and appreciate the role of the artist as designer and creator. They are consistently involved with their own learning from the inception of an idea to its concrete realization. The visual arts provide these opportunities for students to develop flexible mental skills, become reflective thinkers able to evaluate their own and others artworks. Ongoing assessment by both the teacher and student through meaningful dialogue fosters analytical and cognitive strategies. The student is an active participant in the entire learning experience.


Art education is necessary for students to develop physically, creatively, socially, academically and perceptually. Through exploring materials, experimentation with different techniques and collaborative experiences students can be surprised, excited and appreciative of their work and of their fellow students. The art classroom is a nurturing and safe environment where students can introspect and build self-esteem along with respect and tolerance.


Structured and sequential learning opportunities in the visual arts are an essential component of the intellectual, social and emotional growth of every child. By fostering close observation of their world around them, encouraging them to use their imagination and honor their memories, and the investigation of symbolism; the art program helps students strengthen their abilities and become reflective, creative and involved citizens.


Approved by the Visual Arts Department | Spring 2011

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