Visual and Media Arts
Visual and Media Arts Program Focus
In Saint Paul Public Schools, the primary emphasis of visual and media arts courses is the exploration of artistic contexts and content relevant to students and which allows them to explore their creativity and acquire new knowledge and skills. Participation in visual and media arts classes provides a solid introduction to the formal, technical, and expressive qualities of several art media, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, crafts, design, photography, and digital photography, and media arts-related media.
In addition to these, compositional theory, art history, exploratory avenues of visual and media arts tools and mediums and strengthening of skills is initiated. Advanced courses reinforce what is previously learned, strengthening and challenging students to achieve an advanced level within the discipline of visual and media arts.
Students in Saint Paul Public Schools have opportunities in:
- Elementary K-5 visual art is taught by specialists or by general education teachers. Visual art is also integrated with other content areas.
- Secondary visual and media arts courses include drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, photography, sculpture, design, specialized focus courses, mixed media, art history and AP, IB and MYP art.