Visual Arts, an integral part of education in the Wayne County Public Schools, is a sequentially taught K-12 program that enhances the visual expressions of students at every level. As students work at meeting artistic challenges, critical thinking skills, vocabulary, and the connection to other courses of study are interwoven during instruction and independent activities.
In the elementary grades, students develop observation skills, explore imagination, increase eye and hand coordination through manipulation of art media and tools, and become more sophisticated in depicting movement, spatial relationships and emotions in their work.
Students in grades 6-8 become infused with a variety of images and approaches as they consider artworks in historical perspectives. Students begin to form a foundation of learning about Visual Arts and continue to increase the appreciation of Visual Arts. Student outcomes increase in sophistication and complexity.
The high school program builds upon prior knowledge and experience. They continue to use a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images and visual expression. At this level, there are classes for Art I-IV, as well as, additional specialty classes.
At all levels, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions and displays, thus, Visual Arts becomes a challenge to students to recognize their own ideas, values, and beliefs and communicate them through creative expression.