Visual Arts

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Through art education, students develop visual literacy, learning to perceive and respond to the visual world with increased awareness and discriminating judgment. Education in the visual arts is an important place in a balanced school curriculum.


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Elementary Art

Elementary school students receive general art instruction once per week.  Students participate in additional programs such as Art Enrichment, Mindful Art (School2) and community art events.  Students participate in at least 2 district-wide art exhibits each year.

Middle School Art

At the middle school level, students will actively engage in various art activities including: art production, art criticism or critiquing, and exploration of art history and different artistic movements.  Students will be given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of art media and develop techniques in their own work while studying and developing a deeper visual literacy of the Elements and Principles of Art and Design.

High School Art

Students are able to choose many art courses at the high school level: 

Studio Art:

This course is a foundation prerequisite for all secondary art courses.  This will cover: Drawing, painting, sculptures, advertising and art criticism.  The students will start to build foundations to develop a solid art portfolio and will be able to understand the elements and principles of design.

By taking this program students should be able to understand and critique artwork as well as make informed decisions when approaching art projects in the future.

This counts towards their one fine art credit required for graduation.  


Drawing/Painting level 1 and 2: 

Students will further their ability and understanding of 2-D art.  The students will use:  Graphite, colored pencil, chalk pastel and charcoal.  The students will also explore the style of many artists throughout history while developing painting skills and techniques.

Digital Photography:

This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography.  Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works, how to use photo editing software. Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each period.  They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments (after school, homework), based on what they are learning.  Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot the previous day(s).  They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not.  

Ceramics level 1 and 2:

This class is designed for students who have an interest in clay, giving students the experiences in making functional as well as sculpture pieces, using a variety of techniques. Well thought out forms, designs and functional uses along with good craftsmanship are emphasized.  The students will also learn the unique pottery forms of different cultures and how it affects history.

Advanced Art:

This course will focus on refining and developing a visual art portfolio. Students will work on advanced studio techniques based on individual aptitude and need.  Most of the focus will be on individual artwork and critical analysis.  The goal is for all artwork to be placed in a portfolio.  Students will work on figure drawing, three-dimensional artwork, painting skills, and mixed media.  Each student will be expected to provide their own portfolio case and any media devices used in storing digital artwork.  This course is recommended to any student working toward a Regents Diploma in Art and proceeding to the college level.  This course can be repeated for credit.

Creative Crafts: 

Students will learn about different ar styles and handicrafts from various countries.  They will explore the use of various materials to create items such as baskets, mosaics and everything in between.  Students will learn the meaning behind the art and how to recreate it.