Art education at the middle school level plays a crucial role in improving students’ ability to learn. Students are encouraged to extend themselves in order to be successful in the making of art and the creative process.
Creative activity is an essential aspect of human-knowing. Students will learn skills and concepts that require the use of the higher orders of thinking: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Art draws on a range of intelligences and learning styles. Students will increase their insight and imagination and will become more discerning in our visually oriented society.
Student works are exhibited through creating works of art, using a variety of methods and materials, critical analysis of works of art and understanding the relationship between art and culture. The collection on permanent display in our building underscores the meaning and importance of Christian art, and is a reminder that Church teachings have often been transmitted through the visual arts.
Students learn the elements and principles of art by creating works of art in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and craft.
The language of art criticism is developed through reflecting on our own creations and learning about other artists. The art curriculum fosters creativity, self-expression, and critical thinking.