Newport Art

Art Department Teaching Staff

Debbee Skinner

Art Department Competencies

Visual Arts Department
Statement of Philosophy

Art is a fundamental component of a comprehensive education. Art helps to increase self-confidence and problem-solving abilities through the use of visualization. It engages people in objective, subjective, symbolic and tangible aspects of the human experience. 

Art permits students to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new understanding. Quality art education develops aesthetic awareness and sensitivity. It provides a means for creativity and self-expression while providing the opportunity to visibly achieve success in the school and community. 

Art education develops life skills for work and personal accomplishments while providing a sense of history, culture and heritage. It increases the satisfaction derived from art all through life and increases understanding of other cultures. 

True artistic ability is the blending of knowledge obtained through active participation in the study and creation of art. The achievement of this ability requires discipline in order to gain the physical and interpretive skills to master the materials chosen as the vehicle for the art. Students are provided with opportunities to develop their artistic talents through art classes and participation in school and community events, competitions and exhibits. These experiences provide a solid foundation for a life-long appreciation of the arts.

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