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K-8 Course Descriptions » Visual Arts

Visual Arts

The SPS Visual Arts Curriculum is taught by a Golden Apple-Award winning teacher.  It is designed to encourage experimentation and personal expression while isolating and developing the specific artistic talents of each individual student. All students attend a weekly Visual Arts class and also benefit from multiple exhibit opportunities.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Use of various media and techniques in the creation of visual art
  • Study of world masters and opportunity to create individual art replicating those styles (Picasso, van Gogh, etc.)
  • Study of basic art elements and design principles and how they work together
  • Study of visual arts’ important relationship to history and culture
  • Development of art assessment skills and lifelong appreciation for the Fine Arts
  • Opportunity to help create and paint set pieces for the Middle School Musical
  • Opportunity for additional art time during recess
  • Study of connections between the visual arts and other disciplines.
  • Annual Art Exhibits
  • Catholic Schools Week “Glow Room" - a glow-in-the-dark exhibit featuring the art of all SPS students Grades 1-8
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh Student Art Exhibit – three-day weekend exhibit hosted by SPS and featuring top student artwork from several area Catholic schools