Art Instruction

The effects of the visual art program do not end in the classroom but extend into the personal and academic development of each student.  Students also develop the ability to concentrate, consider various points of view, problem solve, think creatively, work as a member of a team, and persevere in a task.  All MCPS students should have the opportunity to engage and explore the Visual Arts:

  • By using a wide variety of tools and materials that are authentic to the artmaking process in order to create work that is personally meaningful and unique;
  • By being presented with opportunities to make choices and to solve creative problems that are open-ended with the possibility of multiple solutions;
  • By applying knowledge from other contents when creating art;
  • From a wide range of times and places including contemporary artists;
  • Made by artists from diverse backgrounds;
  • Through the varying roles that art plays within our own culture and in other cultures around the world;
  • By applying 21st century and visual literacy skills to think about and discuss artworks made by themselves and others;
  • Through conversations about what art is, what its meaning is, and why it is considered art; and
  • By selecting, preparing, and sharing artwork for exhibition.