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Visual Art

VAPA Visual Art

The San Diego Unified School District provides a standards-based sequential course of study in visual art. Students may participate in school-wide presentations and showings, as well as district and local art shows and gallery events.

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ELEMENTARY: California Ed Code states, "The adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, shall include instruction, beginning in grade 1 and continuing through grade 6, in the following areas of study: ... Visual and performing arts, including instruction in the subjects of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts, aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression."

Elementary students receive a standards-based grade each progress report in visual arts. Students may receive instruction and assessment in the arts through:

  • A weekly visual art class at each grade level, for elementary schools who have selected visual art as their prep-time enrichment offering.
  • Eight visual art lessons at elementary schools who are providing classroom teacher collaboration time through the Arts Education Project.
  • Regular incorporation by their elementary classroom teacher.

SECONDARY: Middle schools and high schools offer pathways in study and practice of traditional media (drawing, painting, mixed media, and ceramics/sculpting), depending on the school site. High schools may also offer AP courses in visual art and art history. 

Visual Art Pathways

For more information about visual art as academic content, please see the California Arts Standards for Visual Art (2019) and the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework (2020).

Contact

Don Masse
Visual Art Resource Teacher

[email protected]