Visual Arts ClassesThe visual arts program at Western School District encompasses K-12 curriculum. Art teachers are highly qualified and teach to a diverse population of students.
At the elementary level, students are able to experience art on a rotation by grade at each building. In the middle school, students are able to experience a variety of media in the art class room by grade. Students sculpt, paint and create with clay. In the high schools, art classes are offered at a basic to advanced level. Students experience as many media possible from drawing and painting to clay and digital photography and filmmaking to give them a rounded experience in visual arts. Current classes include; Basic Art, 2-D Design, Independent Advanced Art, Digital Arts and Multimedia Communications.
High school students interested in art as a career often are invited to join the National Art Honor Society. Students need to take an art class yearly and maintain a B average in all art classes.
Student work is displayed yearly at the #jxnartteachers Show and at the Michigan Art Education Association shows.
Michigan Digital Arts, Film and Television Festival Winners
2016 Excellence Award - Carly Burkhart, Abby Hildenbrand, Bridgett Martz, Helena MacLean, Tabitha MacLean
2016 Merit Award - Bridgett Martz, Helena MacLean, Tabitha MacLean
2016 Honor Award - Carly Burkhart, Abby Hildenbrand, Sydney Losey, Madison Nichols
2016 Honor Award - Ember Horn, Sydney Losey, Matee Nowicki, Madelyn Polich, Kendra Swanepoel
2015 Honor Award - Jessica Williams and Kristin Vann for documentaries
2012 Honor Award - Hippo's Hope by Mackenzie Bowden, Rachel Dobbin, Anna Dunston, Libby Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Haley Glinz
MAEA High School State Visual Art Winners
Makenzie Vogt - Michigan Department of Education Display
Dane Sprague - 2016 Top 100 in the state
Courtney Bachman - 2016 Top 100 in the state
Alexa Pluta - 2013 Top 100 in the state
Sarah Ellis - 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Kathryn Marshall - 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Rhiannon Nadratowski - 2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Kathryn Marshall - 2011 Top 100 in the state
Madison Palmer - 2010 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Anna Zerull - 2009 Top 100 in the state
Rachel Mathews - 2008 Top 100 in the state
Amanda Trudell - 2007 Michigan Youth Arts Festival
Alyson Sommerfield - 2006 Top 100 in the state
Andrew Minniear - 2004 Top 18 in the state
Amber Fridd - 2003 Michigan Youth Arts Festival