The Visual Arts curriculum provides a sequential and meaningful focus on skills and concepts while emphasizing art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. Instruction and student learning are driven by the National Core Arts Standards ( 2015) and corresponding anchor standards of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting. These standards foster development of Visual Arts literacy, inquiry skills, 21st century and life skills.
A quality education in the Visual Arts will provide students with the means to:
- Value art as an important realm of human activity, and a lifelong source of insight and understanding
- Offer self-reflective opportunities focusing on expression and development of personal style
- Provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills through collaborative work
- Improve perceptual skills and strengthen knowledge base
- Enhance critical and creative thinking abilities as well as problem solving skills
- Develop visual literacy skills
- Broaden career opportunities and possible application
- Foster development of 21st century skills
The Visual Arts Department promotes artistic development, fosters development of visual literacy, critical thinking skills, intellectual risktaking and lifelong learning. The curriculum is grounded in the (1994) National Standards. The curriculum is currently being revised using the National Core Arts Standards DRAFT (2015) (NCAS) as a guide. The program is grounded in developing student-centered experiences that promote meaningful discourse.
The middle school curriculum emphasizes understanding the creative process through the Visual Arts. To align with state and National Standards (NCAS) students focus on: Connecting/Exploring Culture through learning about concept and skill, Creating and developing skills through exploring art materials and techniques, Responding applying appropriate terms in critique and reflection and having Aesthetic Discourse while supporting one’s own judgement.
The curriculum, which is currently being revised to align with NCAS, is grounded in inquiry, Assured Learning Experiences and specific vocabulary.
Middle School students have the opportunity to experience such art processes as printmaking, drawing, painting, and using technology applications to make art, sculpture.