Philosophy, Mission Statement & Learning Principles

  • Art Philosophy

    The philosophy of the Central Bucks  Art Department is to offer students a comprehensive education in the visual arts that builds lifelong artists and visionaries, who will exhibit the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century.

    Our K-12 Art department will:

    1. Provide a dynamic learning environment
    2. Foster self-expression
    3. Cultivate social, emotional, and sensory wellness
    4. Encourage a creative process that supports problem-solving skills
    5. Embolden a collaborative spirit
    6. Promote opportunities to learn from innovative risk-taking while exploring art
    7. Develop individual voice through reflections that utilize skills to deliver, receive, and apply feedback in a meaningful way
    8. Embrace new advances in art, education, and technology with an open mind
    9. Utilize 21st-century skills with technology through self-expression.

    Mission Statement

    Central Bucks educators will create and foster a safe haven that prepares and empowers all students to be self-motivated learners that utilize creativity, problem-solving, innovation, divergent thinking, exploration, expression, collaboration, and communication within the visual arts to form real-world connections within our community and the world around them.

    Art K-12 Learning Principles  

    1. All learners are capable of complex and high-quality work if the right learning conditions are established.


    1. Students of art learn when modeling of products and processes are demonstrated that address appropriate learning criteria.


    1. Students learn when they are focused on the objectives and actively engaged in the learning experience.


    1. Students of art learn when a connection is made to prior learning and personal interests.


    1. Students learn when they are provided with a safe environment where they can experiment and take creative risks.


    1. Learning is most effective when differences in learners’ prior knowledge, interests, and strengths are accommodated.


    1. Learners succeed when they believe the task is attainable with reasonable effort.


    1. Students learn when they see and demonstrate links between new learning, possibilities for future learning, and its multi-disciplinary applications.


    1. Greater learning depends upon repeated performance to increase fluency and accuracy.


    1. Students learn when they reflect upon and summarize the learning experience.


    1. Successful learning requires the ability to reflect, self-assess and use feedback to self-adjust.


    1. Various visual arts processes can foster creative thinking, providing students with an essential real-world skill.


    1. Students can use the creative process to problem solve and generate new concepts for learning.


    1. Students of art can use appropriate technology to enhance creative growth and creative process.


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