The capacity of human beings to think creatively, to create and appreciate the arts is indispensable in developing the “whole” person. The benefits of Art Education are numerous. Some of the main benefits are:
Visual and Performing Arts has four disciplines – Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. Each of the disciplines has standards that are grouped under the following strands: Artistic Perception, Creative Expression, Historical and Cultural Context, Aesthetic Valuing and Connections, Relationships, and Applications.
Middle and high school students have the arts available to them as both required and enrichment courses. A variety of visual and performing arts program are available for middle school students. A highlight of the middle schools performing arts event is the GUSD Middle School Honors Orchestra held during the spring semester. The three comprehensive high schools have strong performing arts programs. The performing arts program includes dance, theater, technical theater, band, orchestra and choral music. An extensive visual arts program is available at all of the high schools. The visual arts include ceramics, design, drawing and painting, photography, cinematography, and graphic design. Advance Placement Studio Art, Art History, and Music Theory courses are also available.