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The mission of the Geneva Community Unit School District 304 6-12 Visual Arts Education Curriculum is to guide students toward the development of visual literacy.

Students will explore the language of the visual arts and how to express ideas in a visual format. Students will learn to identify and apply the basic elements and principles of design underlying artworks and how to analyze them.

Students will understand how works of art are produced. They will learn traditional art making techniques as well as contemporary art processes including the use of technology and digital imaging. In addition, students will understand the role of art in civilizations, past and present, and its potential applications for the future.

The arts are basic to a balanced and complete education for all students. The arts help students learn to deal with ambiguity, to look at problems from multiple perspectives, to engage in speculative inquiry, and to understand the role of arts in civilization.

It is the hope of the Geneva High School Art Department to provide all students opportunities for enriched and lifelong growth and that all students who participate in the arts will:
  • Be more aware of themselves, the natural and/or human-made environments, and the variety of cultures -- both past and present
  • Be independent thinkers enriched with sensitivity, responsibility, and discriminating judgment
  • Be self-motivated and self-disciplined in their intellectual and creative development
  • Be confident in expressing themselves
  • Cultivate their intrinsic desire to discover art as a life-long endeavor
  • Possess creative problem solving as a basic life-skill, realizing that problems may be variable and complex and may demand flexible, fresh solutions

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