• At CCMS, our curriculum department focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skills in the Visual Arts (visual literacy, drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and art history). We use the Oregon Art Standards as the foundation for our curriculum. The curriculum resource students use as reference is a combination of art medium demonstrations, project examples, and visuals aids.

    Common instructional strategies applied in our curriculum area are the use of visual/graphic organizers, and Google Classroom Resources for videos/quizzes. Teachers review data to identify areas to reteach or differentiate and plan instruction and assessments in Professional Learning Teams during weekly late start professional development.

    Student assessments provide students and parents information about meeting proficiency standards to chart progress towards high school graduation standards. In our curriculum department, we use art project samples, quizzes, and end of trimester art portfolio assessments.

    Technology is an important tool in teaching and learning, and we use Google Classroom for art class resources, Kahoot! for reviewing concepts, and computers for gathering visual inspiration for projects. Digital citizenship is also important, and we emphasize safe, appropriate use of technology with care (computers, iPads, Chromebooks).

    Students are consistently exposed to and expected to develop self-management skills through the daily use of their student planner and art box (for storing artwork) to improve time management, responsibility, and organization.

    At CCMS, we believe the purpose of homework should be for students to practice skills, review what they have learned in class, and provide staff, students, and parents/guardians with evidence of individual student progress. Examples of homework in our curriculum department are drawings, worksheets, and gathering images for inspiration/research that will be used in our art projects.