“Use what you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang,

except those that sang best.” ~Henry Van Dyke


Works of art are some of the highest achievements of civilization.  In school, students learn the language of the arts and how to interpret visual images, sounds, movement and story.  Because the arts are both universal and culturally specific, they are a powerful means of increasing international and intercultural awareness.  Through the arts, students gain a greater understanding of their own cultural heritage, as well as a sense of the larger world community. In the visual arts the purpose of education is to enable the learner to become visually literate and expressive at a level consistent with their intellectual, emotional, and physical development

Every West Irondequoit student can benefit from a sequential K-12 arts education. Students deserve to learn about our common artistic heritage, and each has the capacity to add personal expressions to the world. The arts provide students with experiences in creating, performing, and responding to these personal expressions. Centered in practice and history of the arts disciplines, the West Irondequoit Central School District philosophy takes into account students’ evolving needs and interests, builds on their prior experiences, provides a valuable means of creative expression and enjoyment, and enables insightful interpretations to be made with other disciplines.

Visual Art Department Mission Statement

Visual literacy and arts achievement demand engagement in the fundamental creative practices of discovery, imagination, investigation, construction, and reflection in multiple contexts. Art students are empowered with the ability to analyze and interpret the artistic communications of others throughout history as well as in an increasingly visual and digital world. Close analysis through constructing and deconstructing meaning provides a cross-textual base that allows students to become visually fluent through the exploration of genre, media, moods, materials and themes. Rigorous study in the visual arts prepares students to be creators, consumers and appreciators of the arts who are equipped to face real world challenges with tenacity and creativity. 


For More Information Contact:                               

 Sue Jacobs                          E-mail

Art Coordinator                   585-336-3150 mailbox 46292

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