Welcome to Art

  • There are two basic goals in a visual arts education: one, creating meaning in works of art, and two, perceiving meaning in works of art. Valdez City Schools Arts Core divides each of these goals into five Essential Learning Outcomes. The five divisions or standards are Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetics, and Connections. These five standards organize the curriculum into manageable and related units and guide the student toward a deep and holistic comprehension of the Visual Arts. Each Essential Learning Outcome is broken into components, each component into indicators and each indicator into suggested activities. Assessments for each of the activities or projects, is a standard student assessed rubric and a teacher assessed rubric. All art courses are one semester long.

    • 1 Course: Art Survey
    This is the prerequisite course for all other studio classes (unless “teacher permission” is granted). It is designed to provide an overview of Visual Arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials. Pencil, charcoal, marker, pastel, and paint are some of the media that will be explored. Specifically, students in this class will learn the prerequisites needed to excel in all other art courses. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
    • 2 Course: Drawing
    This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. Students will explore a variety of 2-dimensional media and techniques. Students will create drawings utilizing processes such as sketching, rendering, contour, gesture, and perspective drawing. Media such as pencil, chalk, pastels, and charcoal will be used. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher- level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics. The prerequisite for this course is Art Survey.
    • 2 Course: Painting
    This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. Students taking this course will explore techniques in water color, acrylics, gouache, tempera, and mixed media through the creation of both abstract and realistic works of art. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
    The prerequisite for this course is Art Survey.
    • 2 Course: Printmaking
    This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. Printmaking teaches how to make fine art prints using studio processes such as relief, silk screening, lithography, and monotype. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
    The prerequisite for this course is Art Survey.
    • 2 Course: 3-D Design/Fibers and Crafts
    This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum. 3-D design provides an overview and introduction to fine crafts, their media, and the cultures they represent. Students will explore techniques such as weaving, card crafting, tie dye, batik, clay sculpture, paper mache, appliqué, and jewelry design. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art- related technology skill, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
    The prerequisite for this course is Art Survey.
    • 1 Course: Independent Study
    This course is for the High School Visual Arts Core Curriculum and is only available with teacher permission. Students in this course will work independently under the supervision of the teacher and will produce a portfolio for final credit.


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