Art Appreciation

At St. John Vianney Regional School, we believe that an education in the arts is essential to the growth and development of our students. The sequential art curriculum for grades K-8 utilizes a concept–based curriculum rooted in the four disciplines:



Art production

Art history
Art criticism
Aesthetics



The Elementary program is exploratory and conceptual in nature. Children are able to explore a variety of thinking processes, art forms, materials and techniques, and sources for inspiration such as observation, memory, and imagination. Students look at, talk and write about art from different cultures and times, as well as their own art and art of peers. Students use creative, critical and design thinking processes to solve problems or challenges to make meaning of their world.



In the Middle School program students will develop and refine their ability to communicate visually; to manage a wide range of tools and materials; and to achieve quality, style, and craftsmanship in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and crafts. Units of instruction incorporate a stronger emphasis on art history, criticism and aesthetics.​



Students are taught the technical and creative skills necessary to succeed in their visual arts education at the high school level if they choose to do so. Involvement in the greater art community is encouraged with participation in the annual CYO Art Contest and Awards.

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