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Visual Arts

Course Content - Middle School

The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the basic fundamentals of art in which they can expand their visual arts knowledge and skills.  We will focus on problem solving, using the elements of art and principals of design in order to create expressive, but well-organized works of art.  We will focus on basic drawing skills as they relate to two-dimensional artwork vs. three-dimensional artwork in a multi-media capacity.  Art history will be incorporated so that students will understand how art reflects, records and shapes history in many different cultures.

Course Content - Elementary

Students will develop basic skills and techniques in art including the use of the elements of art and principals of design in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, fibers and sculpture. Students will use personal experience, observation and imagination in order to create and communicate a theme or idea.  Art history is taught as early as kindergarten and is infused at every grade level.

My Philosophy:

I believe that visual art education is an integral part of a student's complete educational experience.  The process of developing an idea and seeing that idea come to fruition by a student's own hand fosters a sense of accomplishment unequaled in any other educational experience.  The arts encourage decision making and problem solving and it is my hope that students will leave my class with an appreciation of the arts that transcends skills and infuses itself into aspects of their everyday lives.

Instructor:  Debbie Gaylord


"How important are the visual arts in our society?  I feel strongly that the visual arts are of vast and incalculable importance.  Of course I could be prejudiced.  I am a visual art."

Kermit the Frog