Visual Arts Curriculum

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The elementary Visual Art curriculum is designed to provide on-going learning experiences which enable students to achieve these outcomes upon graduation:

  • Apply skills and knowledge to perform in the arts.
  • Apply skills and knowledge to create in the arts.
  • Describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art.
  • Understand, analyze, and describe works of art in their historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • Recognize, analyze, and describe connections among the arts; between visual art and classroom curriculum;between visual art and everyday life.
  • Reflect upon and assess the characteristics of student's own processes and the merit of their art work and art work of others.
  • Experiment with technology as a tool to create art.

With a primary focus on the Elements and Principals of Design, the Visual Art curriculum helps students:

  • Establish a conceptual framework in the arts to function as an aesthetically literate person. 
  • Participate in a variety of artistic endeavors to understand creative processes and skills.
  • Understand the role of the arts in the historical development of our culture and in the cultures of others.
  • Acquire skills for developing their own criteria for making aesthetic judgments.
  • Use the arts as an avenue to develop a positive self-concept, fulfill one's own potential, and to develop sensitivity and responsiveness to the expression of others.
  • Infuse technology as a form and function of the art process
Visual Art classes fulfill the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirement for graduation.

"The board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy shall not award a high school diploma to a pupil unless the pupil has successfully completed at least 1 credit in visual arts, performing arts, or applied arts, that is aligned with guidelines developed by the Michigan Department of Education."