On May 6, 2019, the Board of Education approved curriculum revisions in Art K-12. Below are highlights and documents related to the art curriculum.
- The Visual Art program serves as a resource for fostering an environment of visual literacy.
- Through the visual arts PSD students will make art to engage in process oriented learning, critical thinking, critique based-assessment, problem solving, self reflection, and student created analysis.
- Students cognitively design and research their ideas to create unique concepts and compositions for their visual, written and verbal communications. Students assess and evaluate their learning experience through the critique process.
- At PSD a student-centered, interactive experience is cultivated by trained Visual Art professionals, who collaborate and connect regularly to the greater Art Education Community. Research shows students involved in the study of Visual Art score higher academically.
- PSD art students benefit from connections to their community that allow them to develop future ready skills. Through the use of technology, exhibition of their artwork, and in-person collaborations, students learn to become visual arts citizens in the local and global community.
- The PSD Visual Art program creates opportunities for students to develop skills that will serve them in an ever changing future.
A variety of resources are reviewed as part of the curriculum review process including standards and best practice research. It should be noted that the review of research tries to be as comprehensive as possible; therefore, articles and resources that have been reviewed may or may not have been taken into consideration when making review recommendations. Below are the research summary findings that were taken into consideration for the final curriculum revisions.
- Teaching For Artistic Behavior (TAB) offers authenticity & relevance to art-making process
- Establishing real-world partnerships with artists, mentors
- New technologies infused into art to prepare students for college & careers and offer authenticity and relevance to students
Curriculum Revision Highlights:
- Teaching for Artistic Behavior: Transition from traditional, teacher led instruction to a student led learning environment commonly known as TAB. (Teaching for Artistic Behavior)
- Every Child is an Artist: PLE & Horizon will transition assessment practices from product-based to performance-based so that every child leaves elementary school knowing they are an artist. Refinement of skills happens throughout elementary school and deepens at the secondary level
- Facility Changes: Asa Clark Middle School will be revising more curriuclum for the 2020-21 school year due to the grade reconfiguration and new facilities. At both ACMS and PHS, there will be a focus on incorporating art into STEAM (science, technology education, art, math).
- Technology Infusion: All schools will be increasing their infusion of technology to incorporate more digital art mediums. Ipads will be purchased for the elementary schools and the high school will upgrade existing technology and add new technology to stay current with modern practices.