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PARKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT
Philosophy for ART EDUCATION

 All major world civilizations have focused on the arts. Through their legacies, history has been revealed and man has learned about their cultures. Art education for the twenty-first century must focus on providing a legacy for our time.

A twenty-first century curriculum for art education needs to be sequentially organized around five major components:

ART HISTORY

reflecting all cultures, past and present.

AESTHETICS

understanding “truth and beauty” through the philosophy of art.

PRODUCTION OF ART

development of skills using a variety of media
to create works of art reflecting current social
values.

ANALYSIS (CRITICISM) OF ART

development of cognitive and
language skills enabling students to read
about, write about and respond to art.

ASSESSMENT

formative and summative evaluation procedures to
objectively and subjectively measure student
learning.

 

Parkland School District has a long-standing reputation for excellence in education in the Lehigh Valley and embraces the obligation to provide all of its students with a premier experience in the visual arts. The Center For The Visual Arts at Parkland High School campus provides “state of the art” facilities to ensure that a sequentially organized curriculum and dedicated faculty fulfill Parkland’s commitment to the highest quality art education in the twenty-first century. This quality commitment focuses on:

TWO DIMENSIONAL ART

Design, Drawing, Painting and Printmaking.

THREE DIMENSIONAL ART

Ceramics, Jewelry and Metals, Sculpture,
Textiles and Traditional Crafts.

HISTORY AND THEORY

Aesthetics, Art History and Analysis of Art.

TECHNOLOGY

Computer Graphics, Photography and Animation.

 

An avant-garde program in the visual arts education, combined with the finest facilities and community/district art gallery are resources that serve those students oriented toward a career in art. Most importantly, a system of open one-semester electives offers all Parkland students the opportunity to engage in a visual arts education experience. This will allow them to appreciate art and become knowledgeable consumers of art, making aesthetic decisions that will impact on their entire lives.