Philosophy Our primary goal is to create lifelong advocates for the arts with a sophisticated sense of visual literacy. DSA students develop skills to create, decipher, comprehend, and evaluate meaning in our contemporary world. Our department nurtures individual vision, personal voice, and creative spirit while promoting a strong work ethic. We believe that success requires hard work, regular practice, and a commitment to evolve and grow. Our Mission is to provide students with a strong interest or ability in visual arts the opportunity for in-depth study of all aspects of art.
Our 7-year curriculum spirals out from solid foundation classes at the middle school level to advanced techniques and individualized projects in high school. Strong technical skill, conceptual thinking, critical analysis, aesthetic awareness, and historical background play integrated roles in our program. Emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and talking about art as well as the creation of unique works in a variety of media. Although our graduates choose many fields for advanced study, all VA majors exit with an accomplished art portfolio and appreciation of the visual arts.
Help us raise money at no cost to you by shopping at King Soopers! Using a VA King Soopers Gift Card card to buy your groceries or gas at any King Soopers (or City Market) provides 5% of your purchase ($400 – $800 per month average) to the VA Department for free! Simply reload the card with your credit or debit card (or cash or check) whenever it runs out. You can still get miles on your credit cards! Contact Jennyhroberts@comcast.net or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a card and start helping the VA Department today! We have used these funds to purchase butcher block worktables, new sinks, computer software and our new art gallery.