Why Art?

Our Visual Arts Pathway is accessible for students of all abilities.  Visual and Performing Arts Pathway, offers a tiered level of classes in two and three dimensional arts.  Students may waive into higher level classes upon portfolio review.

AP classes currently offered within the Visual Arts Pathway: AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP Studio Art: Design, AP Art History.

Careers and Education

What do the Visual Arts teach us?

  • The arts teach students how to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
  • The arts teach students that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
  • The arts teach students that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity.
  • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we know.
  • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  • The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  • The arts help students learn to say what cannot be said.
  • The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and to discover the range of what we are capable of feeling.
  • The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young: what adults believe is important.

Author: Elliot Eisner

Additional Resources

Artschool also has great resources that encourage Visual Art Education.
The National Art Education Association is an online PDF that provides information regarding the reasons why Visual Art Education is such an integral part of primary and secondary education.