Art is an incredible gift to all human beings. It is our goal to foster creativity, model respect and create an environment where all students feel welcome and valued. Art education as a continual learning experience that promotes diversity. Every student has a voice and art provides a platform for creative thinking and self-expression. Students encounter a multitude of art media from 2-dimensional to technology integration. They will participate in the artistic process including creation, reflection, critique and exhibition. Students explore the history of art through various mediums. Art activities are designed to develop creative expression as well as visual language and vocabulary.
Students in Pre-School through Grade 2 focus on process and discovery rather than product. Students in Grades 3 through 5 focus on creating through the techniques of artists while exploring history through art. Middle School Students focus on the artist’s process beginning with organizing ideas, selecting materials, creating through problem solving, critiquing and exhibition.
The Arts are Vital
An important Harris Poll released in 2005 revealed the attitudes of Americans towards art education and found the following:
- 93% of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education
- 86% percent of Americans agree that an arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child’s attitudes toward school
- 83% of Americans believe that arts education helps teacher children to communicate effectively with adults and peers
Americans for the Arts. New Harris Poll Reveals That 93% of Americans Believe That the Arts Are Vital to Providing a Well-Rounded Education. Americans for the Arts. N.p., 13 June 2005. Web. 9 Sept. 2014.