The visual arts program is based on the National Standards of Arts Education. These standards are disciplined based incorporated as the Discipline Based Art Education (DBAE). The State of Illinois as well as the Chicago Academic Standards has adopted their own version of these standards. The main goal of the DBAE is to make the art education experience a more meaningful and connected part of general education. The DBAE includes the four disciplines of art education, which are art production, art history, art critique, and art aesthetics.
¨ Art Production – Studio lessons and activities that gives students the opportunity to create works of art and use various media, techniques, and computers.
¨ Art History - Students learn about art form various periods, styles, and cultural groups. Student will understand diversity and have a global understanding of the world.
¨ Art Critique – Students will be able to make an informed judgment about works of art. Acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to talk about works of art. Learning the basic skills and knowledge necessary to communicate in each art form. By learning the elements and principles of art, working with various media, and evaluating master artists’ works students develop and awareness of and appreciation for the presence of art both within their classroom and in their everyday experiences.
¨ Art Aesthetics – Students learn to value the works of art as they explore, theorize and apply the principles of aesthetics and art criticism to their own artwork and the artwork of others.

In my visual art program I also develop interdisciplinary lessons between visual arts and other core subject areas. Students learn how concepts in one subject area, in this case visual art can enhance and increase their interest in and knowledge of other subject areas.