Visual Arts

VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The art program at Gateway Regional High School has multiple goals.  It is designed to:  give students the opportunity to develop their creativity through art studio explorations, help all students develop an awareness and understanding of the arts, explore possible career path in design and fine arts, and prepare the serious art student for entry into a college or art school program.  The visual arts program provides a balanced art curriculum based on the elements and principles of design.  Students are encouraged to observe their world, research, develop original ideas, solve problems, and develop interdisciplinary connections.  Students will become aware of the arts of different cultures, and create visual statements.  Studio work requires students to make choices, develop an understanding of their work and the works of others, and to use evaluative techniques judiciously.  Following the introductory Art Foundations class, students may elect a combination of semester courses emphasizing artistic applications in different areas.

Upon successful completion of their courses in the Visual Arts, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the media, materials, and techniques unique to the visual arts
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design
  •  Demonstrate their powers of observation, abstraction, invention, and expression in a variety of media, materials, and techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of processes of creating and exhibiting artwork; drafts, critique, self-assessment, refinement, and exhibition preparation
  •  Describe and analyze their own work and that of others using appropriate visual arts vocabulary.  When appropriate students will connect their analysis to interpretation and evaluation
  •  Describe the purpose for which works of visual arts and architecture were and are created, and, when appropriate, interpret their meanings.
  • Describe the roles of artists, patrons, cultural organizations, and art institutions in societies of the past and present
  • Demonstrate their understanding of styles, stylistic influence, and stylistic change by identifying when and where artworks were created, and by analyzing characteristic features of artworks from various historical periods, cultures, and genres
  • Describe and analyze how visual artists use and have used materials, inventions, and technologies in their work
  • Apply their knowledge of English language arts, world languages, health, history and social sciences, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering to the study of arts