Norwalk High School smArt Department

  Welcome to the Norwalk High School Art Department.    The visual arts program provides opportunities for each student to discover, develop and share their unique talents.  The arts program seeks to "nurture (the students') sensitivity and creativity" by designing a curriculum that increases self-discipline and motivation, contributes to the student's positive self-image, provides an acceptable outlet for personal expression and helps to develop creative and intuitive thinking processes. 
    Traditional art and computer art education recognizes that the world's creative future depends upon the participation of aesthetically responsive individuals who have a life-long interest and involvement in the arts.

Check out their work and the other Visual Arts Allstate Team on the Art Educators of Iowa Website 
or click on the PREZI below to see the entire awards presentation

All-state Prezi 2012

 Here is a new site for Norwalk students to post and discuss artwork, original recordings and poetry:


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Advocacy for the Arts

Iowa Alliance for Arts Education an organization for the promotion and advocacy for arts education in Iowa

Art : it is that simple This article from SchoolArts Magazine is a great illustration of how the arts naturally teaches 21st Century Skills and Differenciation.

Ten Lessons Art Teaches

By Elliot Eisner

  1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
  6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
  8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
  9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

    SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications.

Great reference for drawing figures from complex poses

Interesting Blog about a NY Times writer trying to get back in touch with drawing. Link

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