Fine Arts

The K-12 Fine Arts program at Community School gives students opportunities for creative self-expression and strives to develop a lifelong appreciation for art.

The goal of the Art Department is to offer opportunities for students to develop their facility with the techniques and processes of the arts as a means of expressing emotions and concepts.

The curriculum is based on observational and expressive artistic expression using a wide range of media and art forms both 2D and 3D. Students are exposed to the elements and principles of design, color theory, and art vocabulary through classroom discussions, critiques, and visual written literacy exercises. Students work towards refinement of sketchbooks, portfolios (including online digital ones), creation of independent projects.

Concentration on Three Basic Components:

Visual Language
To provide a resource of visual terms, concepts, artists and functions of art both past and present.

Aesthetic Process
To develop ideas, refine perceptions, and understand visual elements.

Productive Skills
Requires an understanding of the properties of a medium, knowledge of a variety of techniques, and a concern for craftsmanship and quality.

Throughout the year we will be working on art that is reflective of the various units taught in the curriculum of the core classrooms. These might include: world cultures: aboriginal, African arts, artists of Spain, Egyptian relics, Medieval art and manuscripts, the Renaissance period, and Romanticism. We will consider how we are influenced by the natural world and past artists. We will also observe how we influence other people by our decisions, actions, and words.  

  • To establish an environment that promotes creativity and encourages risk- taking; to provide the opportunity for students to experience success, enjoy the processes of art, and develop an appreciation of the result.
  • To provide opportunities for students to use a variety of media, and to develop the technical skills required with both the tools and the medium.
  • To develop perceptual sensitivity, visual discrimination, and design facility.
  • To understand the function of art in society by providing exposure to the achievements of artists past and present.
An arts program should cause students:
  • To gain confidence in their opinions.
  • To ask questions, challenge assumptions, and seek clarification.
  • To participate in ongoing evaluation.
  • To develop imaginative exploration techniques.
  • To appreciate the value of contributing to a group effort.
  • To accept the existence of divergent points of view.
  • To appreciate the unconscious or accidental elements within the structure of their work.
  • To develop their aural, visual, and kinesthetic sensitivities.
  • To learn to transfer knowledge and skills from one discipline to another.
  • To develop high standards of craftsmanship.
  • To assess and discuss their work and that of others in critique.
  • To gain an understanding of the arts of different cultures.
  • To acquire an awareness of the role of arts in society.
  • To attain a working knowledge of the vocabulary, media, & techniques of the arts.