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Elementary Art Program

The standards for Visual Arts enable students to use their knowledge and skills to synthesize information, thus allowing them to produce and respond to works of art. Emphasis is on communication of personal values and beliefs in art appreciation and production. Students will gain fluency in using and understanding the elements of art and the principles of design as they relate to artistic expression and communication.

Secondary Visual Arts

The mission of the secondary Visual Arts Department is to offer instruction, resources, and a culture that inspires students to develop artistic awareness and proficiency by providing a professional environment and a comprehensive curriculum in the visual and performing arts. We believe that the exploratory creative process encourages cognitive growth and builds problem solving skills that promote resilience and flexible thinking.

Framework for Learning For Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12

National Core Arts Standards Artistic Processes and Anchor Standards
Artistic Processes
Creating Definition:
Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.
Performing/ Presenting/ Producing Definitions:
Performing: Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation. Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. Producing: Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.
Responding Definition:
Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.
Connecting Definition:
Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.
Anchor Standards
Students will:

1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Students will:

4. Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.
5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
Students will:

7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
Students will:

10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding

Success and achievement in the arts demands engagement in the four fundamental creative practices of imagination, investigation, construction, and reflection in multiple contexts. These meta-cognitive activities nurture the effective work habits of curiosity, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, and collaboration, each of which transfers to the many diverse aspects of learning and life in the 21st century.

“National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning.”