Although teaching all the art forms – dance, theater, music, and visual arts – is a required state standard, very few schools actually meet that standard. Walt Disney Magnet School is one of the few.
The Visual Arts program supports project based learning. Students learn about art history, processes and tools by making art. We bring together drawing skills, technology, self-assessment and reflection, and produce drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, weaving and fabric art, ceramics, and stop-motion animation. Students have the opportunity to work with high quality tools and materials.
We also integrate the visual arts learning with content in other academic disciplines, including other arts disciplines, through collaborations with such partners as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the ATLAS (Arts Teachers Leading Achievement and Success) professional development initiative of Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE). Also, working through the Parent
Advisory Council (PAC), the visual arts program produces exciting parent/child co-creation events, such as a ceramics night and a paint-with-your-parents evening.