The Braintree Public Schools' Art and Design Department believes that art is fundamental to the total education of all students. We believe that art develops creative problem solving skills and independent thinking; and that by shaping and forming works of art, students communicate essential human concepts. In our visual culture, art and design is a major form of communication. Students conceive and develop artistic ideas, present and interpret artworks, respond to and evaluate how artworks convey meaning, and connect artistic works with personal meaning and other external content.
The Braintree Public School Art and Design Department provides a sequential Kindergarten through 12 curriculum based on creative problem solving and an exposure to and exploration of a broad spectrum of art media. The curriculum is continuously updated to reflect changes in the state and national standards. Students participate in art classes once each week at the elementary level, three days out of a six-day rotation at the middle school level, and every day at the high school level.
Benefits of the Program
The elementary art program builds from kindergarten through grade five. Students acquire observational and technical skills. They learn to communicate their ideas visually and to express themselves with an increasing art vocabulary. In this process students develop self-awareness. They study art, artists, art movements and the connection of art to other subject areas.
By providing opportunities to creatively problem solve and to use high level thinking skills, the elementary art program increases student learning in all areas of the curriculum.
The art program at the middle school gives all students an opportunity to explore new ideas and materials, to develop skills and techniques, and to express visual and sensory experiences. The curriculum emphasizes perception and imaginative thinking and encourages experimentation, as the students are encouraged to develop their individuality. In the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, the students will find multiple opportunities to be creative, to practice problem solving, and to develop an awareness and appreciation of art forms past and present.
The Braintree High School Art and Design Department has developed all of its courses to lead through sequential and vertically aligned pathways in Drawing and Painting, 2D Design, and 3D Design. Each track builds students' skills to prepare them for further study including the rigor of AP Studio Art courses. The high school art and design department has two, 25-station digital labs equipped with Adobe Master Collection. The new 3D Design room is spacious and well-equipped. A variety of vibrant afterschool art clubs and activities provide further enrichment for students on the middle and high school levels.
Students may submit work to the National Scholastic Art Awards; regional programs sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, Art All-State, Youth Art Month and Massachusetts Amazing Emerging Artists (MAEA); and locally, the Braintree ARTfest and the Art Stars program at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset. The art department sponsors creative travel opportunities during April vacation to explore the art and culture of many different regions and cultures. This past year students traveled to the West Coast. Students create sketches, drawings and photographs to document their adventures.