Philosophy

Art Education is basic to an individual’s perception and understanding of the world in which we live. Creative learning enables students to interpret these perceptions in visual form. Art Education teaches students to respect and appreciate their own interpretations and those of others. A sequential art program develops basic skills, encourages visual awareness and is fundamental to intellectual growth and creative self-expression.

A balanced and sequential art education program fosters the students’ perception of both their real and imagined worlds. Through structured course work which includes knowledge of artists, art principles and educated critique the students will be exposed to cultures around the world. The art program enables each student to develop positive attitudes toward self, others and the environment through creative experiences. Problem solving and creative learning encourages the student to relate visual knowledge to other core subjects and to respond with originality, appreciation, flexibility and imagination. The use and application of skills, processes and mediums encourages self-expression, creative growth, discovery, and the realization of ideas. Assessment is made on individual achievement related to each student’s stage of growth and development. The art program is sequential and cumulative enabling knowledge, aesthetic judgments, skills and abilities to be strengthened. Commitment to this program is essential to every student’s development as a well-rounded, creative and productive citizen.

 

Goals

The goals of art education at Bergman High School are to aid each pupil to the full extent of his or her abilities in:

 I.  Perception

     Perceive and understand relationships among the elements and principles of design as they appear in the natural and man-    made environment, as they influence mental images, and as they appear in works of art.

II.  Appreciation / Awareness

     Develop an interest and appreciation of the visual arts through the study of cultures and historical periods in which they are created.

III.  Knowledge / Interrelationships  

     Develop a working knowledge of the language of art and and understanding of the relationship of the visual arts to other fields of    knowledge.

IV.  Creativity

     Think and act creatively by solving problems and by responding with originality, flexibility, fluency, and imagination.

V.  Production / Skills

      Develop technical skills for using art mediums as a means of personal expression and communication.

VI.  Judgement / Critique

     Make aesthetic judgements about the environment, works of art, and other man-made forms of objects.