About Our Visual Art Programs
instruction begins in North Kitsap schools in Kindergarten, with a
combination of teacher and volunteer Art Docents continuing the
instructional process through the 5th grade. Instruction is based on the
Washington State Learning Standards for the Arts as well as the North
Kitsap School District’s Fine Arts Learning Standards. Students are
assessed annually at each grade level along with the state mandated
classroom based assessment tool (CBA) in the 5th grade.
elementary school, student’s experience a wide variety of art forms
including painting, drawing, print making, weaving, 3 dimensional
construction and ceramics/clay. Students are also exposed to the
historical and social aspects of the visual arts and learn the critical
components involved in art appreciation. The Elements of Art and the
Principals of Design serve as the foundation for all instruction in
elementary through high school.
continue their art education in the Middle School where they take an
art unit rotation in sixth grade, followed by elective classes in
seventh and/or eighth grade. Like our elementary program, the middle
school program is a standards-based program. The goal of our middle
school program is to develop a lifelong relationship with the visual
arts based on first-hand experience in art making. Students will exit
the middle school knowing how to create value, respond to, and
understand the cultural implications of visual arts. This will be
achieved through many different activities including painting,
sculpture, art history/culture, computer technology, mixed media and
school students are involved in many building art projects that include
wall decoration, display case exhibits, and contest and local exhibits.
Some students at this age also participate in regional and state
contests and exhibits. In addition, our middle school has a very active
The foundation course for all high school study is the Studio Art and Integrated Multimedia classes.
may explore and refine their skills in courses ranging from drawing to
sculpture to animation. In high school many students take art electives
as preparation for a career in the arts or other related fields such as
architecture, advertising, graphic design, and a host of related
this level our students participate in many local, state, and national
competitions and contests. The art department has very active students,
many display case exhibits, murals, and wall paintings in the building.
Each year in Spring the Fine Arts department holds it's Annual Arts
Festival, which highlights and celebrates the works of all our student
artists in a large gallery setting. At this event entire classes and
individual displays may be viewed