- to mature young people in appreciating aesthetics, art, and culture;
- to gain a knowledge base on the history of creative ability and work;
- and to develop students’ artistic expression.
These goals are reached by training in art history, art vocabulary and practicing art skills. Training in art history allows students to begin to see the breadth of creative expression across time and culture. Education in art vocabulary gives students the terminology to describe and critique art. Finally, students are given the time and supervision to practice making art. Specific skills such as perspective, compositional elements, landscape and anatomy are taught. The goals of the visual art program allow students to develop the skill of critique; both professor-led and student-led criticism is common at the High School level.
The goal of the arts and electives offered at GWA is to encourage all students to become involved, try new things, and expand their horizons. Students from the 6th grade and up will have the opportunity to choose from among several electives offered per term. Some elective classes are a full year commitment, some a semester and others change each quarter. Electives are offered based on student/teacher interest, availability of qualified instructors and availability of facilities. Students will be notified in advance of the commitment involved.
The following courses are among those that have been offered in the past and could possibly be offered each year: Journalism, Creative Writing, Band (Full Year), Choir, Drama, Art, Music Theory/Composition*, Music and/or Drama Appreciation**
*Music Theory/Composition is for students who have taken private music lessons or have been playing an instrument already.
**Students who have not chosen a performing art (choir, band, drama) may be required to take Music/Drama Appreciation.