The Visual Arts foster self-expression, creativity
and an appreciation of the beauty of art and our world.
The process of creating leads to a greater awareness of
the creations of others, and to a heightened sensitivity
to one’s surroundings. Students develop technical skills
in 2-D and 3-D projects, working in various media such
as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and working
with clay in hand building and wheel thrown pottery.
The fine and gross-motor hand skills of force, pressure, pinching, and grasping required for art projects also help
students to gain muscle strength, dexterity, visual-motor
and bilateral coordination skills.
Art challenges students
to develop individually by building their persistence,
care, and choice-making ability, while enhancing their
feelings of self-esteem and creativity. Students have the
opportunity to be recognized as artists and participate
in community art exhibits with other local artists. They
also sell handmade ceramics, soaps, and student-designed
T-shirts at the “Higashi Store” during various school events
throughout the year.