The Visual Arts and Performing Arts
The Washington State K-12 Arts Learning Standards describe what students should know and be able to do in the arts, including 11 anchor standards and four artistic processes for all grade levels.
Visual arts, music, and theatre classes focus on the standards and 21st century skills in K-12 classes, which offer students the opportunity to learn rigorous concepts and processes in the arts, while finding ways to express and understand themselves through the art works, music performances, and theatre experiences they produce, perform, and present. In the arts, students deepen their cultural proficiency, their ability to understand perspectives, and their creative and critical thinking skills – all of which will help them succeed in college, career, and life and to thrive in an interconnected global community.
With a focus on state arts standards and 21st century skills, visual arts classes in Everett Public Schools offer students the opportunity to work with a wide variety of methods and mediums, from clay to painting, from digital art to drawing. As students create art works, they develop knowledge and skills in the "Four C's of Art," including:
- Craftsmanship/Technique - Developing artistic skill/control over art tools and materials through deliberation and attention to detail
- Composition - Intentionally organizing art elements using the art principles to create a visually unified design
- Communication - Applying art knowledge and skill to express, identify, and evaluate ideas and feelings in artwork
- Creative Process - Solving problems and expressing ideas in unique and personal ways
Performing arts programs in Everett Public Schools are standards-aligned to provide students with general music and performance knowledge and skills at the elementary level and opportunities to hone those skills through middle and high school. Students enrolled in these programs have the opportunity to perform throughout the school year.
Each year Everett Public Schools reports to the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) regarding standards-aligned assessments administered to elementary, middle, and high school students enrolled in arts programs. Completion of standards-aligned assessments is reported to the district and then by the district to the state at the end of each school year.
Elementary school visual arts and music specialists administer an assessment to grade 5 students. At the middle school level grade 8 students enrolled in visual arts and music classes are assessed. In high school students in Introduction to Art courses are assessed. In the performing arts, the middle school and high school programs emphasize group performance, such as in Band, Orchestra, and Choir. So these teachers use the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) contest rubric to administer a large group performance assessment. To fulfill this requirement, teachers may assess their own students’ performance, have students participate in a WMEA contest, or invite a guest to assess their group. Students also evaluate and reflect upon their performance.
Each school year, Everett Public Schools, in partnership with the Everett Public Schools Foundation, is pleased to display the work of student artists in art shows at the Community Resource Center (CRC). The Elementary Art Show displays the art of elementary student artists. The Middle School Art Show and the High School Art Show, open to all district secondary students, are juried shows and have evening receptions to honor students winning awards, as well as all student artists in the show.