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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

Program of Studies
for the 2018 - 2019 School Year

Visual Arts


The Visual Arts curriculum provides a sequential and meaningful focus on skills and concepts while emphasizing art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. Instruction and student learning are driven by the National Core Arts Standards ( 2015) and corresponding anchor standards of Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting. These standards foster development of Visual Arts literacy, inquiry skills, 21st century and life skills.

A quality education in the Visual Arts will provide students with the means to:

  • Value art as an important realm of human activity, and a lifelong source of insight and understanding
  • Offer self-reflective opportunities focusing on expression and development of personal style
  • Provide opportunities to develop interpersonal skills through collaborative work
  • Improve perceptual skills and strengthen knowledge base
  • Enhance critical and creative thinking abilities as well as problem solving skills
  • Develop visual literacy skills
  • Broaden career opportunities and possible application
  • Foster development of 21st century skills

Course offerings provide guided learning experiences with two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms and concepts. A variety of subject matter, materials, tools and production techniques are explored. The courses encourage students to make connections with other disciplines through class discussions, assignments, research, readings, lectures, guest speakers and field trips.


Grades 9-12:Grades 10-12:Grades 11-12:

Full Year Courses

Ceramics I

Drawing I

Painting I

3D Studio Art I


Semester Courses

2D Studio Art I, II (can be combined to be a full-year)


Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective - Conard Only (can be combined with A Global Perspective to make a full-year course)


Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective - Conard Only (can be combined with A Personal Perspective to make a full-year course)

Full Year Courses

Ceramics II

Drawing II

Painting II

3D Studio Art II

Full Year Courses

Portfolio Preparation - Conard Only

Visual Arts Concepts - Hall Only

3D Studio Art II

AP Studio Art (grade 11 at teacher discretion)





  • 2D Studio Art I
  • 2D Studio Art II
  • 3D Studio Art I
  • 3D Studio Art II
  • Advanced Placement in Studio Art
  • Ceramics I
  • Ceramics II
  • Design in Everyday Life: A Global Perspective - Conard Only
  • Design in Everyday Life: A Personal Perspective - Conard Only
  • Drawing I
  • Drawing II
  • Painting I
  • Painting II
  • Portfolio Preparation - Conard Only
  • Visual Arts Concepts - Hall Only

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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