Visual Arts

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

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Visual Arts Curriculum

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.

Grades 9 -12

Full Year Courses

  • Ceramics I
  • Drawing I
  • Painting I
  • 3D Studio Art I

Semester Courses

  • Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective
    (can be combined with A Global Perspective to make a full-year course)
  • Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective
    (can be combined with A Personal Perspective to make a full-year course)

Grades 10 - 12

Full Year Courses

  • Ceramics II

  • Drawing II

  • Painting II
  • 3D Studio Art II

Grades 11 -12

Full Year Courses

  • 3D Studio Art II
  • AP Studio Art (grade 11 at teacher discretion)

Staff

Jessica Fallis

Brigid Kennedy

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