Why Study Art?
“Art provides unique opportunities to explore and develop
ways of knowing, doing, and being. As such, art, as a core subject, …is
a critical component in the development of every child and in multiple
ways permeates every aspect of human existence.” –U.S. Department of
While every student will not be inherently talented
within the visual arts, they will be challenged to use their
imagination, creativity as well as their knowledge to practice and
appreciate the arts and their methods. In our changing global community,
students will need to adapt and think innovatively in order to be 21st
century problem solvers. The development of personal aesthetics,
assessment, self-reflection, and critical thinking skills is an asset
that will be used throughout their lives.
It has been said that a
student’s education in the arts is the polish that makes their academic
experience not only more holistic, but results in them being a more
1. Define, recognize, and use the Elements and Principles of Art.
2. Recognize, distinguish, and appreciate art and cultural influences of differing cultures and historical periods.
3. Develop an awareness of sensitivity to aesthetic qualities, both natural and human-made environments.
4. Analyze, compare, interpret, and evaluate art of the self, other students, and major artists.
5. Communicate feelings and ideas through creative visual expression.
6. Develop skills in the care and safe use of art supplies and equipment.
7. Develop skills in producing visual art in a wide variety of media and techniques.
8. Explore careers and art-related fields.