© 2019 Westport Public Schools Arts

VISUAL ARTS

A display

by KHS artists

 

OVERVIEW

The Visual Arts play a central role in the educational experience of all children. Through participation and performance in authentic experiences, students will gain insights into the importance of a cooperative and expressive society. By developing an appreciation for past and present art forms, our children will develop a deeper understanding of our own and other cultures. In light of this, they will become more discerning participants in the creation of their own culture.

The Visual Arts are therefore, essential to education both as independent disciplines and as an integral part of all learning in all areas of the curriculum. The Arts enable students to develop higher order thinking skills, creative problem-solving, self-discipline,and the ability to collaborate with others. Arts education heightens students’ awareness of the aesthetic experiences therefore enriching all aspects of life.

OUR VISION

The department strives to develop each students’ artistic literacy and global awareness by developing their ability to create, produce and respond to diverse visual art experiences at the highest level in a safe and nurturing environment. Department goals for achieving a student's success:

     • Every student should have an opportunity to develop a

          lifelong connection to visual art

        Every student should be able to use art as a vehicle

          to interact with their communities

        Every student should be entitled to an education that includes art

          through Grade 8

        Every student should have the opportunity to participate                  

          in an art class through Grade 12

        Every student should have the opportunity to participate in the                        

          art program regardless of his or her financial situation

        Every student should have the opportunity to produce and show

          their artwork on a regular basis

        Every student should have the opportunity to participate in local,

          regional and national art shows