“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way --- things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keefe

Richland School District Elementary Art Belief Statement

We believe that the arts are essential to the successful academic growth of all children.  An intentional visual arts program provides students with the opportunity to solve problems, to be creative learners and to freely express their ideas.  Because many of the elements and principals of art connect to all of the other core subjects, we believe that our visual arts program helps to solidify learning in the regular classroom.  The arts also provide students with the opportunity to make connections to the real world as they study art history, artists, and their contributions to our society.

Richland School District Secondary Art Vision Statement

Our vision of art education is for all of our students to have a wealth of opportunities to learn successfully through standards-based programs that are high-quality, comprehensive, and sequential (K-12).  Through the implementation of district, state, and national standards we art teachers hold high expectations that our students will:

  • Be able to communicate their ideas and feelings through visual experiences.
  • Be able to understand and apply arts knowledge and skills, while demonstrating thinking skills using processes.
  • Be able to interpret, evaluate, and respond to complex characteristics of artwork, design, and other aspects of visual culture.
  • Be able to understand roles and functions of artists and works of art in different cultures, times and places.
  • Be able to perceive, understand, question and appreciate the diverse meanings and values of individual works of art.
  • Be able to make meaningful connections among the content of art, other school subjects, and the world at large.

Washington State Mission Statement

The ARTS – Communicating and integrating life, literacy and learning, through experience, for all learners.

Washington State Arts Motto

The ARTS:  CPR for Learning

C=Creating; P=Performing; and R=Responding

National Standards for Arts Education

”The educational success of our children depends on creating a society that is both literate and imaginative, both competent and creative.  That goal depends, in turn, on providing children with tools not only for understanding that world but for contributing to it and making their own way.  Without the arts to help shape students’ perceptions and imaginations, our children stand every chance of growing into adulthood as culturally disabled.  We must not allow that to happen….”

Taken from Education Reform, Standards, and the Arts (archived summary statement)       www.2.ed.gov/pubs/ArtsStandards.html