Secondary Art


PROGRAM:  The secondary art program provides opportunities for students to participate in independent and self-directed learning experiences in a studio environment.  All secondary art classes emphasize visual problem solving, independent decision making, risk taking and creative and critical thinking.  Students are expected to improve upon work through self-reflection and critique and convey artistic intent from creator to viewer.  Student growth is evaluated through the emergence of technical competence, manipulation of original ideas, work that has purpose and direction, proper care and maintenance of art supplies, and a sense of real effort to work to personal best.



Students analyze and use an artist vocabulary (elements and principles of art) when talking and writing about their art.

Students show advanced skills in using materials and techniques in original or extraordinary ways.

Students create works that convey an idea, feeling or personal meaning.

Students expand their understanding of historical eras and styles that have helped define the visual arts.

Students are able to evaluate the quality and success of their art and what they could do to improve their efforts.


How to develop ideas for artworks by comparing a broad range of cultural expressions from various times and places.

How to develop ideas for artworks through the process of preliminary sketches, revisions and feedback

How to independently define and solve artistic problems and convey artistic intent from creator to viewer

How to generate a variety of strategies and techniques to solve challenges inherent in the work

How to improve upon work through self-reflection and outside critique

How to analyze, assess and derive meaning from works of art and making informed aesthetic judgments.

How to take responsibility for setting and adjusting goals for self, managing time and meeting completion deadlines

Student work from 2D Media and Painting


Formative assessment (on-going observation of student work, discussion, feedback and self-assessment that help students improve on learning)

Standards-based rubrics that measure student learning

Participation in class and individual critique

Work in sketchbooks

Portfolio of student work including concentration, breadth and quality pieces.

How well supplies are cared for and maintained.