Art Department PhilosophyThe Milford High School Art Department provides students with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of studio experiences with the prospect of studying particular media more extensively. Individualized instruction and cooperative learning are the basis of the curriculum. The department believes that the promotion of originality, coupled with consistent observational drawing, generates confident and talented artists.An emphasis on communicating visual principles through written and spoken word provides the means for students to understand and implement concepts into their own work. The investigation of historical art forms and their relevance to society will also provide insight into these practices.Student ownership is paramount to the success of the department. It produces an atmosphere of cooperative learning enabling each student-artist to express him or herself freely and to take creative risks.
Art Department Expecations for Learning
ACADEMICCIVICSOCIALAdvancedStudent has a command of drawing skills, shows creativity and originality by taking appropriate risks in his or her work, is able to clearly communicate visual concepts, both verbally and in writing, and shows respect and ownership for his or her work and the work of peers.Students recognize and fulfill their duties as students and citizens.Students demonstrate full respect for cultural diversity, themselves, and others.ProficientStudent shows a basic ability to draw, strives to be creative in his or her work, is able to communicate visual concepts well enough to be understood, and shows respect for his or her work and the work of peers.Students recognize and fulfill to some degree their duties as students and citizens.Students demonstrate an awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity, themselves, and others.Needs ImprovementStudent lacks basic ability to draw, is not creative in his or her work, has difficulty communicating visual concepts well enough to be understood, and shows little consideration for his or her work or the work of peers.Students recognize to a limited degree their duties as students and citizens.Students demonstrate limited respect for cultural diversity, themselves, and others.
- Students will consistently develop their drawing skills through weekly observational drawing.
- Students will gain an understanding that creativity and originality involves risk taking and that failure is often a part of the process.
- Students will learn to communicate visual concepts, both verbally and in writing, through critiques and art appreciation assignments.
- Students will gain a respect for the art making process through classroom ownership.