K-12 Visual Arts Program

K-12 Visual Arts Program

Department Philosophy, Program Goals, and Program Descriptions

K-12 Fine Arts Philosophy

“The Berlin Public Schools Fine Arts Department is committed to fostering a community of creative, innovative, and passionate learners who value and celebrate diversity in a global society through shared experiences in the arts. All learners will be provided with meaningful opportunities in the arts to further develop a deeper form of self-expression, empowering them to become lifelong participants, appreciators, and advocates of the fine arts.”

K-12 Visual Art Program Goals

  • Students will create art by generating, organizing, developing, and refining artistic work.
  • Students will develop, analyze, and convey meaning through the presentation and production of artistic work.
  • Students will perceive, interpret, and evaluate artistic work.
  • Students will relate artistic ideas and works to personal, community, and cultural contexts.

K-5 Visual Art Program Description

The Elementary Visual Arts Program is committed to providing all students with meaningful experiences that promote student engagement and connections through personal choice, self-expression and innovation. Students will be given varied opportunities to explore multiple perspectives, collaborate, experiment, and problem solve through a variety of art media, techniques and processes.

6-8 Visual Art Program Description

The Catherine M. McGee Middle School Art Department provides students with an education in the arts through experiences that are fun, rewarding, and challenging. During this period of transition, we build on knowledge and skills acquired at the elementary level, experiencing new studio techniques and processes, while preparing for more in-depth experiences in later years. Each student will develop their ability to create, analyze, respond, and connect at the Middle School level. Here Art class is a place where students can achieve success through creative problem-solving, artistic risk-taking, and personal expression.

9-12 Visual Art Program Description

The BHS Art Department offers an array of opportunities. A student could try a variety of art areas to explore, or if they are on the college-to-career track, they could specialize in a particular art medium and work their way up to one of our four college-level pathways through our ECE UConn Drawing, AP Drawing, AP 2D Art and Design and/or AP 3D Art and Design. Our curriculum works to nurture the student’s ability to communicate visually while engaging in lifelong learning practices that can lend towards a career path and/or personal growth and development.