BPS Art Education - Art is Everywhere!
Birmingham Public Schools includes art education for grades Preschool-12. The concepts taught are sequential, building on prior knowledge each year. Students see demonstrations, learn about artists and cultures, and execute newly absorbed information which helps them create a unique piece of art.
- promotes and develops creative thinking and the ability to visualize
- strengthens self-concept, -confidence, and -understanding
- encourages creative problem-solving and decision-making
- develops appreciation for the individuality of others
- develops work habits and a sense of responsibility
Elementary and middle school students learn:
- how to compare and contrast
- how to organize themselves and their material
- how to be open and creative
- how to make decisions about their work and other issues
- patterns in art and every day life
- about artists in history
- how to respect each others ideas in brainstorming sessions
- step-by-step instructions and activities
- how to evaluate their art and the art of others
- about careers in art
At the High School level:Students can experience art courses including: Art Foundations, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Graphic Imaging, Printmaking, Computer Design, and AP Studio Art. Please see the Groves or Seaholm course catalog for more information.
- Elementary students have art exhibits at their schools once a year to showcase what they have learned.
- Middle Schools show off their work in the hallways of their schools throughout the year.
- High school students have many opportunities to show their work: the national Scholastic Art competition is held each winter with winners announced in January and a regional exhibit in February. Further national judging happens in March with winners announced and a display of their work in Washington D.C.