The Visual and Performing Arts Department’s goal is to release, develop, and share our imaginative and creative selves, individually and collectively, by
• investigating elements and principles of design and performance;
• exploring linear and nonlinear styles of learning, risk-taking, and expressing; and
• celebrating and integrating the pursuit of viewing the world aesthetically.
The arts are a very important aspect of a child’s intellectual development. Study of and direct participation in the arts help foster self-confidence, a greater awareness of one’s surroundings, and acceptance of the diversity we all have to offer that makes our communities dynamic.
Bush Middle School students study three different areas of fine arts in the course of one year. Each trimester, a student studies art, music, or drama, moving to a different arts subject at the end of each trimester.
Throughout the art program, students will use several media to develop and refine their artistic skills: drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking. In drawing, the students explore lines, lights and darks, proportions, and the use of space. In painting, students develop fundamental skills with watercolors. In sculpture, students work with clay, exploring geometric form and composition and decomposition. The elements of design are taught through printmaking as students work with positive and negative spaces. Students use creative thinking to make prints with leaves and found objects that represent an idea they are trying to communicate. In drawing and painting, students create a neighborhood with the characteristics unique to the people there, gaining an awareness of their place in the world as global citizens.