Curriculum Overview

At all grades, students are taught drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. Projects vary each year with, some of them, directly linked to the student’s classroom learning in science, math, social studies or religion.

Our curriculum not only aligns with the National Core Art Standards, but also follows the Washington State Learning Standards for Visual Art, which provide a framework for effective K–12 arts education by setting out a coherent structure for building students’ knowledge, understanding, and skills, while also encouraging them to explore and express their own creativity.


During art class creativity is always encouraged.  From the very first day, students are taught that they need to be positive with themselves and with their classmates.  Only positive comments about another student’s work is allowed.  This creates a safe and comfortable learning environment that encourages students to take risks when trying new mediums and techniques.

Students are also encouraged to to ask “what if”  questions when doing their work and to push past the obvious. While they are asked to be quiet and attentive during instruction, students are allowed to talk when doing their work to help them relax.

Each student is expected to do their very best work and to stay on task. They are also encouraged to ask any questions they may have, while our Art Specialist checks in with each one of them as they are working, to let them know the great things she sees happening in their work!