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

Course offerings provide guided learning experiences with two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms and concepts. A variety of subject matter, materials, tools and production techniques are explored. The courses encourage students to make connections with other disciplines through class discussions, assignments, research, readings, lectures, guest speakers and field trips.

Grades 9-12: Grades 10-12: Grades 11-12:

Full Year Courses

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

Semester Courses

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

Full Year Courses

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

Full Year Courses

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