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.
The Performing Arts curriculum in Wayne County Public Schools includes vocal and instrumental music, as well as drama.
In grades K-5 general music is taught throughout the county, and students learn to sing and play instruments, and to value various styles of music.
In the middle schools, choral music and instrumental music are both offered as separate classes.
In high school, there are ten vocal music courses including choral music and show choirs. There are also seventeen instrumental music courses including concert and marching band, music appreciation and theory, and jazz and percussion. In addition, students may choose from five Theatre Arts courses.
There are many opportunities for performances throughout the school year. Bands march in parades and at athletic events, individuals and groups perform and compete at various gatherings and competitions, and dramatic performances are presented in schools. The County Choral Showcase, the All-County Choral Festival, and the All-County Band Festival are major annual events. The Talent Contest is held at the Wayne County Fair and the North Carolina Symphony performs an educational concert each year.