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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. 


Pictures of art projects from students

"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

Colorado Academic Standards - Family and Community Guides

    Preschool   Kindergarten
    1st Grade   2nd Grade 
    3rd Grade   4th Grade
    5th Grade   6th Grade
    7th Grade   8th Grade
               High School Visual Arts 
        High School Drama and Theatre

Many schools offer robust after-school clubs and programs to further enrich education in the visual arts. Check with your school for more information.

10 Lessons the Arts Teach