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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts have the power to enrich the lives and endeavors of humankind. In a highly technological society such as ours, the visual arts serve as a humanizing force, giving dignity and a sense of worth to the individual. They provide the means by which aesthetic quality and order are derived from the exercise of an individual’s creativity and critical understanding.

  • Through Visual Arts Education, students learn the meaning and value of creativity and innovation,
    • Demonstrating originality and inventiveness in work and being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives.
    • Developing, implementing, and communicating new ideas to others.
    • Acting on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the domain in which innovation occurs.
  • Through Visual Art Education, students obtain critical thinking skills that shape their efforts and affect their personal value choices,
    • Exercising sound reasoning in understanding and making complex choices and decisions.
    • Understanding the interconnections among systems; identifying and asking significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions.
    • Framing, analyzing, and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions.
  • Through Visual Arts Education, students learn to communication through visual images for complete literacy includes the ability to understand, respond to, and talk about visual images,
    • Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly through more than written and spoken word.

Visual Arts Education prepares students for success in school, work, and life:

  • Strengthing LITERACY as the visual arts are an essential language.
  • Seveloping a GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE workforce since the visual arts develop essential skills for global competitiveness in the 21st century.
  • Nurturing ENGAGED LEARNERS for the visual arts promote active and complex learning.

Standards Documents

Visual Arts Resources

Fine Arts Education
Program Consultant

Joyce Huser
(785) 296-4932

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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