Information from the NC Dept. of Public Instruction

From the beginning of time, the compulsion to create a visual vocabulary has been as innate in every society as the desire to acquire a system of spoken symbols.  Visual art from past civilizations is frequently one of the few remaining clues with the power to illuminate which values were held most dear.  Today, every aspect of our designed environment will serve to explain who we are to those of the future.  The pattern of human growth in society is to develop a multi-sensory means of communicating symbols and values.  A child discovers objects, those objects take on meaning, and this meaning is denoted and communicated through the various means of expression available to that child.  The visual arts program is designed to develop visual literacy by promoting fluency in the various modes of visual communication.  Students learn the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, media, and means to express their ideas, emotions, and knowledge.  They evaluate the merits of their efforts and this assessment forms the basis for further growth that extends to all disciplines in school and to life.  Visual arts education is a multifaceted creative process which includes the development of perceptual awareness and the ability to use materials expressively.  Through participation in visual arts, students have the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the creativity and diversity inherent in all of us.