PAS Visual Art Department (PAS VAD) is a Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE) system focused on production, aesthetics, critique, and art history. Students are taught to integrate information, inspiration and skills to provide visual creations and understanding that is creative on a personal and universal level. The Visual Art (VA) program also creates a balance with other academic subjects by giving students the opportunity to be expressive as well as to excel in the visual language of art. The VA curriculum has been sequenced to ensure that visual arts are available to all students, grades 1 – 12. PAS offers an Art Track in High School in order to provide a solid structure for those students wishing to pursue art in college. The VAD focuses on guiding students to make connections with Art as a method of communication, to empower people, (either by creating it or viewing it), and builds well-rounded, emotional, logical and global experiences.
Students in Elementary and Middle School do a mixture of 2-Dimensional (2D) and 3-Dimensional (3D) Art within a yearlong course. At the High School Level, 2D and 3D instruction is divided into specific classes. Students may select classes from beginner to advanced level in 2D, 3D, and Art History. The beginner level 2D and 3D classes are taught as concurrent semester courses introducing the novice art student to a variety of 2D and 3D art techniques. Art History is a general survey of Western Art giving an introduction of the World of Art. Those students selecting the Art Track take a variety of upper level 2D and 3D courses to prepare them for Art School and/or Art as a major in college. These upper level Art courses range from: Honors Drawing, AP 2D Design, AP 3D Design and AP Art History. In AP Studio Art, focus is placed on expanding the student’s foundational knowledge, skills, and experience to develop art that is created with a personal style or “voice” while fulfilling the American Collegeboard AP portfolio requirements.
The Elementary, Middle and High School VAD develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the different visual and tactile Elements of Art: line, shape, color, texture, form, and space. Students learn how artwork is composed and assembled through learning the Principles of Design: emphasis, repetition, harmony, balance, proportion, movement, contrast, unity, and variety. PAS Art students work on a variety of 2D and/or 3D projects experiencing many styles and techniques in Visual Art. Students experiment with a variety of techniques in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and crafts where they get to work hands on with applying the elements of art and the principles of design. Art History helps to introduce a range of approaches in different materials, styles, and functions. Students learn how to discuss, analyze and interpret their work and others during class critiques. The VAD main objective is to have students appreciate how creating art can inspire overall creativity and that Art is an important aspect of humanity within all cultures and functions.