Welcome to Visual Arts at DSA

 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 – $700 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  deb_rosenbaum@dpsk12.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.

FILL THE GAP!   The actual cost of educating a DSA student with a comprehensive arts/academic education is $6,250, however the estimated 2017-18 DPS allocation for DSA students is $4,978 per student.  A school-wide culture of philanthropy is essential to the success of our students, and fulfilling our mission…and together we will be stronger!
Your support of the Fill the Gap Campaign is greatly appreciated!  CLICK HERE to donate.