Sarah Richards, Coordinator of Art K-12
The Fine Arts Program in the Brockton Public Schools provides an aesthetic, intellectual and stimulating atmosphere for creative and technical proficiency. The sequential arts program is designed to awaken the child's awareness to beauty in life and nature and to develop a deep appreciation of social and cultural backgrounds.
In art, students learn to express their own ideas and emotions through various art forms and media, encouraging personal growth and a developed sense of self esteem. Art offers opportunities for students to grow and make connections in life. It fosters development of problem solving skills through exploration and opens doors for growth and development which otherwise may never have been discovered.
As students progress they are given the opportunity to investigate and analyze past influences in the arts and society as well as present trends. Student artists are encouraged to respond to this knowledge by using their advancing skills to create meaningful pieces of art.
The Brockton Public Schools Fine Arts Program, K-12, adopts the vision of the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework, which states, "Learning in, about and through the arts develops each learner's capacity to make meaning from experience, respond to creativity and contribute to our society." The Fine Arts Program in the Brockton Public Schools embraces the Guiding Principles of the Arts Framework.
• develop heightened perceptual awareness.
• develop curiosity and persistence through art making.
• develop respect for creativity in others.
• develop respect for art materials and the process of creating art.
• engage in hands-on art making.
• become familiar with various art forms.
• acquire essential skills unique to each art form.
• express ideas, emotions and beliefs through art.
• work independently and in groups.
• learn from both successes and mistakes.
• use imaginative and reflective thinking during all phases of creating and performing.
• use analytical and critical thinking to respond to works of art.
• assess individual growth through observation, documentation and evaluation.
• study art history.
• know the value of the arts in shaping and reflecting cultural and historical heritage.
• integrate the arts and make connections among the arts and other disciplines.
• use technology to introduce, create, perform and conduct research in the arts.
• use art for personal growth and enjoyment.
• read, write and verbally communicate about their own art work and the artwork of others.
• directly teach and model various methods of art making.
• emphasize the practical, real world application of art materials.
• engage students in visual art making.
• expose students to historical, cultural and inter- disciplinary connections.
• function as facilitators in order to help students translate their abstract ideas visually.
• foster students' individual strengths.
• document and evaluate progress through portfolio assessment.
• use critiques and other performance-based assessments.
• display art work frequently.