Art Department

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In order to provide a quality education for every child in Indiana, it is important to provide for all aspects of human growth. The artistic, expressive, and cultural aspects of each child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and social development are vital components of this growth. Research involving the impact of arts education upon mental functions supports the convictions of many educators, parents, and business leaders that the fine arts are essential due to their ability to provide students with the means to think, feel, and understand the world around them in unique ways. Literacy in the arts strengthens a person’s participation in society by enhancing problem solving and communication skills as well as fostering self-expression, aesthetic awareness, and multiple points of view. For these reasons, a curriculum in each of the fine arts should be available to all students so that they may become self-directed toward lifelong learning in the arts.

The purpose of each fine arts curriculum is to promote lifelong participation in the arts by developing skilled creators, performers, critics, listeners, and observers of the arts. Students can use the arts as a means of: (1) self-expression and communication, (2) development of critical thinking skills, (3) self-knowledge and understanding of the world around them, and, (4) increasing awareness of the artistic heritage of other cultures, as well as their own.

Students who are proficient in the fine arts grow in their ability to think and learn independently. Their view of the world expands as creative avenues to expression and understanding are developed. Ultimately, the entire community benefits through the creativity, vision, and empathy fostered in the fine arts. In order for this to happen, students must be immersed in opportunities to learn about the arts, perform and create in one or more of the art forms, and learn to analyze and critique the arts. The goals for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve (k-12) are to enable each student to do the following:
  • develop one’s artistic skills;
  • become confident in one’s abilities in the arts;
  • become a creative problem solver;
  • appreciate the value of the arts;
  • communicate through the arts;
  • communicate about the arts;
  • exhibit knowledge of the historical and cultural diversity of the arts; and
  • exhibit knowledge of criticism and aesthetics in the arts.
Courses
  • Advanced 2-D Art
  • Advanced 3-D Art
  • Ceramics Digital Design
  • Digital Design
  • Introduction to 2-D Art
  • Introduction to 3-D Art
  • Painting
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Communications