Visual and Performing Arts

Elementary School

Art instruction begins in North Kitsap schools in Kindergarten, with a combination of teacher and volunteer Art Docents continuing the instructional process through the 5th grade. Instruction is based on the Washington State Learning Standards for the Arts as well as the North Kitsap School District’s Fine Arts Learning Standards. Students are assessed annually at each grade level along with the state mandated classroom based assessment tool (CBA) in the 5th grade.

In elementary school, student’s experience a wide variety of art forms including painting, drawing, print making, weaving, 3 dimensional construction and ceramics/clay. Students are also exposed to the historical and social aspects of the visual arts and learn the critical components involved in art appreciation. The Elements of Art and the Principals of Design serve as the foundation for all instruction in elementary through high school.

Middle School

Students continue their art education in the Middle School where they take an art unit rotation in sixth grade, followed by elective classes in seventh and/or eighth grade. Like our elementary program, the middle school program is a standards-based program. The goal of our middle school program is to develop a lifelong relationship with the visual arts based on first-hand experience in art making. Students will exit the middle school knowing how to create value, respond to, and understand the cultural implications of visual arts. This will be achieved through many different activities including painting, sculpture, art history/culture, computer technology, mixed media and collage.

Middle school students are involved in many building art projects that include wall decoration, display case exhibits, and contest and local exhibits. Some students at this age also participate in regional and state contests and exhibits. In addition, our middle school has a very active Art Club.

High School

The foundation course for all high school study is the Studio Art and Integrated Multimedia classes.

Students may explore and refine their skills in courses ranging from drawing to sculpture to animation. In high school many students take art electives as preparation for a career in the arts or other related fields such as architecture, advertising, graphic design, and a host of related careers.

At this level our students participate in many local, state, and national competitions and contests. The art department has very active students, many display case exhibits, murals, and wall paintings in the building. Each year in Spring the Fine Arts department holds it's Annual Arts Festival, which highlights and celebrates the works of all our student artists in a large gallery setting. At this event entire classes and individual displays may be viewed