The art department’s mission is to inspire, educate and fully prepare our students to become exceptional artists. Through a unified curriculum that incorporates a broad spectrum of design and art with technology, addresses literacy, we prepare our students to be college and career ready with industry-standard mastery in the major of their choice.

We value each and every student’s unique perspective and abilities.  Their own voice is central to their artwork. Students can better relate to what is taught through choices in material, subject matter, and by allowing them to connect with their own cultures.  This perspective allows teachers to hear and listen to their concerns and stories. By including the students in developing criteria, students and teachers set high expectations for their ​own learning, so they can reach their potential as they explore the various majors.

Art Department Grading policy:

Grades are determined through the combination of students’ performance, preparation, and project/portfolio results.

Preparedness for class includes purchasing supplies needed to complete assignments. Should this present a problem please discuss with your art teacher and/or guidance counselor.

Professional and classroom grade : 25% Comprised of student work habits, notebook, class work, class participation and discussion, and classroom demeanor.

Homework Grade:  15%  Includes homework including thumbnails, roughs, responsive reading, annotations, artists statements, etc.

Project/Portfolio grade: 40% Comprised of students’ projects : both in class and at home; research, museum reports and end of term portfolio reviews. Incomplete work will receive no higher than a 55% of the total of the 40%

Exam and assessments: 20% Midterm and final exams, tests, quizzes, written essays and research. Also included are oral and digital presentations.

Incomplete work will receive no higher than a 55%