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The Visual Art Education Philosophy

An education in the Clinton Public Schools is not complete without active involvement and knowledge of the arts. An arts education is a process of lifelong learning that enables students to make informed, aesthetic choices and is crucial to fulfilling one’s human development. These experiences prepare students to recognize and value quality, while nurturing their sensitivities and feelings. Responding, performing, and creating in the arts generates informed audiences and participants of the future. As part of the core curriculum, the arts foster creativity and independence, develop self-discipline and focus, and enhance self-esteem and knowledge. In addition, the arts teach critical thinking, problem solving, risk taking, collaboration and communication, all of which are integral components for success in the 21st century. The arts link the heritage of our past to the cultures of the present and the future. Our diverse society is continually enriched by the arts.

We further believe that:

The inclusion of the arts in the school curriculum is vital to produce well-rounded students who are prepared for the 21st century.

Art promotes awareness and understanding of the connections between visual art and other disciplines through the study of other cultures and historical periods.

Through art we learn that seeking a creative approach to life is a meaningful, significant and valued human endeavor.

At the Elementary School level, students work with the following media- Clay, Glaze, Watercolor, Paint, Tempera Paint, Marker, Colored Pencil, Oil Pastel, Ink Pens, Drawing Pencils, Chalk Pastel, Assorted Craft Items, Assorted Papers, Printing Ink, Water Soluble Pencils, Charcoal, and Paper Mache.

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