Visual Arts programs in Everett Public Schools emphasizes the 4 C’s of Art while giving students the opportunity to work with a wide variety of methods and media. (This fits perfectly with TABChoice.)
The 4 C’s of Art areThe development of artistic skill/control over art tools and materials through deliberation and attention to detail.
Composition: Intentionally organizing Art Elements using the Art Principles to create a visually unified design.
Communication: Applying art knowledge and skill to express, identify, and evaluate ideas and feelings in artwork.
Creative Process: An approach to solving problems and expressing ideas in unique and personal ways.
The Creative Process includes the following steps:
Develop Your Perceptions: Thinking about Experience
- Recognize your aesthetic responses to the world
- Pursue your interests through study, play, and work experiences
- Foster relationships that strengthen you
- Think about and analyze your experiences
Gather Ideas: Thinking of Possibilities
- Brainstorm to solve problems
- Research to look for ideas in the work of others
- Think about and discuss your ideas
- Write and sketch your ideas
Practice: Refining Your Work
- Select ideas for development
- Create detailed sketches/drafts
- Organize materials and plan time to use them
- Practice techniques
- Get suggestions and help from others
Create: Making Your Product
- Select your best idea for development
- Plan your time to meet deadlines
- Utilize techniques well
- Revise work as needed to achieve goals of your project
- Finish your work
Present: Sharing Your Work
- Respect your work and the time and effort you put into it: don’t bend, fold, smear or crush it.
- Mount/mat your work for display
- Show your work to friends and family
Reflect: Evaluating Your Work
- Self-evaluate your work honestly
- Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the work
- Think about what you learned
- Think about what you need to learn/do better to improve your work
The steps of the Creative Process and how they can be correlated to the writing process:
- Thinking About Your Experiences (research)
- Gathering Your Ideas (free writing, brainstorming and research)
- Planning and Practicing (drafting/ editing)
- Creating Your Artwork (final draft)
- Preparing Your Work for Display (reading/presenting)
- Reflecting on Your Work (critiquing finished work)
This process is seen as cyclical, and the steps are not necessarily done in order.