Visual Arts & Drama
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 recognizes that students need a well-rounded education to be successful in a global world. The district is committed to offering comprehensive art education at all levels. With site-based management, each school determines how art will be offered to students. For site-specific information-contact your school.
Art education is about thinking!
The Studio Habits of Mind framework was developed through the insightful research of Harvard Project Zero.
The eight "studio habits of mind" (Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore, Understand Art Worlds) describe the thinking that teachers intend for their students to learn during the process of creating. They are:
- Stretch and explore: Try out ideas, and experiment with new ways of working.
- Engage and persist: Focus on and persevere in making artwork, even when it's difficult.
- Envision: Imagine possibilities, picture ideas, design and plan next steps.
- Develop craft: Improve art skills through practice and experimentation. Explore new tools and learn to care for them.
- Observe: Look closer and more deeply than ordinary looking requires.
- Reflect: Think, talk and write about the creative process.
- Express: Communicate ideas, beliefs, and feelings through a visual language.
"Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence." Joseph M. Calahan