The overall purposes and objectives of the art program are to help students improve visual critical analysis, to develop skill and knowledge of a variety of art media, to create works of art as a nonverbal means of self-expression, to achieve personal satisfaction, and to identify art in their everyday lives. The student outcomes that will be achieved by the time a student graduates will reflect the Rhode Island state standards. Students will engage in self or group expression by creating or interpreting art, will communicate in the language of art forms, relate knowledge and skills in art to other content areas, and demonstrate an understanding through their work and discussions of the visuals arts within personal, social, cultural, and historic contexts.
In art class, each child is able to develop skills and knowledge at an individual level. The instruction in art class is intended to serve the individual needs of all students, rather than that of a few artistically talented students who may choose a career in the arts as their future vocation. There are always many developmental levels within each grade level, and art allows a greater amount of flexibility than one might find in an academic program. Lessons reflect individual needs and learning styles.