Visual Arts Department Philosophy
Art Educators at ASA help students to become well-rounded, life-long learners. We believe that by studying the world around them through art, students make connections between themselves and other cultures. Students recognize that art is a universal human activity through studying places and cultures around the world at various periods in time. This fosters student’s understanding of how time and place impact art. In addition, through studying a particular culture, students gain a better universal understanding of the world. This understanding helps students to embrace differences and learn to see the world through the eyes of people unlike themselves.
Art Educators at ASA reinforce positive communication skills and help students to become proactive global citizens. Art education at ASA involves critical thinking skills and higher mental processes through analysis, identification, reasoning, interpreting, creating meaning, expressing opinions and defending judgments. Students are encouraged to use these intellectual processes when viewing, creating and critiquing artwork. Students are encouraged to express their opinions and explain why they think as they do about topics being discussed. As a result, students learn to be respectful of individuals expressing their opinions, open to comments and willing to reconsider their own opinions.
Art Educators at ASA enable students to realize their full potential. We believe it is our job to expose students to a variety of tools and materials. We encourage students to think through and within materials. Materials are selected that maximize the student’s power of discovery and expression. We believe that art education is a continuous investigation of materials and processes. In addition, we believe it is our job to guide perceptual variance by understanding how students see and how they organize what they see. Art educators teach special seeing at ASA, such as color theory, in an effort to optimize the visual experiences of students. We aim to make students conscious about their seeing, encouraging students to
Visual Arts Essential Agreements
• We will review the AERO Standards at the beginning of each year to check our alignment with the standards and any updates.
• One or more art projects a semester will be based on the work of a famous artist or art movement.
• Students will also use books or websites to bring information to contribute to class discussions on the subject.
• At least once a semester students will complete an art project that is connected thematically to some idea being explored in the regular classroom.
• A wide range of materials and techniques (such as drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, pottery fabric art, design etc…) will be explored every year.
• Each artwork will be evaluated on student understanding and application of art concepts and lesson objectives.