• Ms. Andria McLaughlin - Art Teacher
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    Welcome to the Art Department

    The Art Department's primary goal is to create an environment in which our young artists can realize their creative potential. We nurture that potential by engaging students in meaningful art experiences and invite students to explore their world through observation, imagination, and hands-on creative involvement. Through an exploration of art methods and materials, students are learning to formulate and express ideas as they develop their skills.

    Department-Specific Information

    Our artistic experiences are enriched by artists, art history, cultural awareness, literature, and the performing arts. Students explore genres such as portraiture, the figure, landscape, still life, and non-representational art. Through the making of art and within an ongoing process of individual and group critiques, students expand their expressive vocabularies while they reflect upon, interpret, and evaluate works of art.

    West Side students will have developed a greater understanding of the Elements of Art and will demonstrate an understanding of the Principles of Design. Some examples of Principles are rhythm, balance, variety, repetition, etc. Students will incorporate new technology tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Blokify/3D Printer, and will develop more extensive skills with various medium such as acrylic paint, watercolor, clay and printmaking.