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2015-2016 Model Embedding Thinking Habits into the Art Process


Welcome to the Wyandot Elementary Art Wiki!
Dr. Sharon Buda, Visaual Arts Teacher

The Dublin City Schools visual arts program prepares students to identify problems, think critically and create innovative solutions to open ended problems. Additionally, the visual arts program is designed to inspire a sense of wonder about the world we live in, to encourage the students to imagine the unimaginable and to promote freedom of self-expression. The goal of the Dublin City Schools visual arts program is to educate students through a rigorous, challenging, K-12 sequential art program that is taught by highly qualified art specialists.


The visual arts help students by teaching:
  • Collaboration- Students understand the process of collaboration to accomplish a common goal while respecting diverse ideas.
  • Divergent Thinking- Students use various types of reasoning and reflecting to critically solve problems in both conventional and innovative ways.
  • Experimentation as a form of risk taking- Students generate multiple solutions to a given problem that are varied, creative and innovative.
  • Design process- students identify problems, research, brainstorm, analyze, create, evaluate, and refine
  • Communication-students convey their own ideas and understand the ideas of others in a variety of contexts
  • Perseverance- students build skill and mastery through hard work and practice
  • Creativity- students explore and discover personal connections to develop new meanings, create original artwork and transform their worldview
  • Initiative and self-direction- students are accountable for managing their goals and time to improve as artists


Students will:
  • Engage in art making
  • Examine the world from multiple points of view
  • Expand their curiosity and persistence by experiencing both success and failure during the art making process.
  • Develop respect for creativity in others, art materials and the process of creating art.
  • Acquire essential skills specific to the art form being studied
  • Become familiar with various art forms
  • Communicate ideas, emotions and beliefs through personally relevant art
  • Work collaboratively and independently
  • Use creative and reflective thinking during all phases of art making
  • Use analytical and critical thinking skills to reflect, read, write, and speak about art and other forms of visual culture
  • Know the value of the arts in shaping and reflecting cultural and historical heritage through the study of art history
  • Make connections among the arts and other disciplines
  • Use technology to introduce create, perform, assess and conduct research
  • Develop solutions to open-ended questions

Teachers will:
  • Provide opportunities for authentic application and collaboration
  • Promote critical and creative thinking
  • Empower individual expression and develop student's voice through art making
  • Emphasize the practical, real world applications of the art making process
  • Engage students in analysis and evaluating media and visual culture
  • Encourage exploration of historical, cultural and interdisciplinary connections
  • Utilize critiques and other performance based assessments through current and emerging technologies
  • Value student work through public and digital display.
  • Introduce open-ended problems to promote divergent thinking
  • Create a learning environment that encourages risk-taking though experimentation.

Ohio Visual Arts Standards (2012)