• Visual Arts
    The Clayton Fine Arts Department believes that Visual Arts is an essential aspect of every child's education. Visual Arts at every grade level instructs students to think creatively and critically and exposes them to diverse cultures through all periods of history.  It accomplishes this in part by allowing students to have "hands-on" experiences in the creation of many forms of Visual Art. It is our goal to help students understand that art and design have a vital role in society and to develop an individual sense of aesthetics. Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school, students have the opportunity to experience all forms and genres of Visual Art.

    Music
    The Clayton Fine Arts Department believes that music is an essential aspect of every child's education. Music is a uniquely human quality, inherent to all individuals regardless of society, culture, or generation. Students must have opportunities to study music in the way that serves them best. Experiencing a variety of vocal and instrumental music propels lifelong learning, develops character, engages human emotion, and promotes critical and creative thinking within the individual, the community, and the world.  Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through high school, students have the opportunity to experience music through voice, band and/or orchestra.

    Theatre
    The Clayton Fine Arts Department believes that Theatre is an essential aspect of every child's education. Theatre is an art of synthesis.  It gives students, both individually and collaboratively, the opportunity to develop empathy and to explore varied cultural experiences and universal themes of humankind.  Using the dramatic process (creating, performing and analyzing), students learn to see the created world of theatre through the eyes of the actor, playwright, designer, and director. They develop skills to understand dramatic structure, which is fundamental to the literacy of all great world literature. Theatre provides for a student’s self-discovery, self-definition, and self-esteem. (Text is based on the Arizona Theatre Standards and Practices.)

    Listed below are the Enduring Understandings of the Fine Arts curriculum.  These are statements that summarize important ideas and core processes that are central to a discipline and have lasting value beyond the classroom.
     
    Enduring Understandings
     
    Creativity
    • What are the Fine Arts role in education?
    • How are the Fine Arts a lifelong skill?
    • How do we communicate the important role of the Fine Arts to the observer?
    Developing Ideas
    • How are students fluent in the language of the arts?
      • Communicating and understanding outside the spoken language
    • What does lifelong participation in the arts look like?
    • What is the balance between creating and understanding?
    Thinking and Feeling
    • What are the benefits of an “Arts” education?
    • What is art’s role in the enrichment of the human spirit?
    • What would life be like without the arts?
    • What is the relationship between process and product in the arts?
    Art and Culture
    • What is the role of the arts in society?
    • Why is it important to be literate in the arts?
    • What is the relationship between the arts and other disciplines (science, math, etc.)?
    • What is great art?
    • What is the role of the arts in history?
    • How do the performing arts “communicate” across language and cultural barriers?
     
    K-5      6-8        9-12