GRAND HAVEN AREA PUBLIC SCHOOL'S
K-12 ART CURRICULUM
The Art Department is committed to the development of all children as complete human beings, emotionally, creatively and intellectually through meaningful activities in the arts.
Art is conscious, human expression in the visual form. It is the means by which cultures record, express and interpret the world around it. Art is a visual form of communication that connects us to one another and gives our lives a sense of creativity, significance and meaning. We believe that Art addresses the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of our students. It promotes self-awareness, self-expression and well-being. It allows students to use higher order thinking and problem solving skills. It offers unique, creative experiences that builds a child's self-esteem. It fosters an appreciation and tolerance of the differences among individuals and cultures and gives students a sense of history.
The goals of the Visual Arts Program are to:
Provide a sequential, cumulative program of concepts and skills from young fives through twelfth grade. This program promotes visual literacy through studies in Art History, Aesthetics, Art Appreciation, Art Criticism, as well as, Studio Experiences.
Provide students with experience attuned to individual learning styles while engaging them in higher order thinking skills. Through these processes, students may develop the attributes of self-awareness, self-motivation, self-expression and self-esteem.
Provide students with experiences that aide them in the integration of ideas, concepts and processes to foster an holistic perception of their world.
Promote understanding of the diverse cultures in society as reflected in the Arts. Through such understanding, students will be better prepared to appropriately participate in the present and contribute to the future.