ArtQuest Core Classes
In addition to classes in the arts specialties, ArtQuest offers specialized Core Classes that are connected to the Visual and Performing Arts, with Core and Arts teachers collaborating through an annual program-wide theme, as well as within individual lessons or units. Recognizing the importance of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and the need to understand and communicate in many arenas; core classes are designed to support learning in multifaceted, engaging ways and students are encouraged to incorporate their Arts Specialty into Core Class projects and presentations.
Core Classes include:
Curriculum is aligned with the California State Subject Matter Frameworks and Standards and the local Content and Performance Standards. Diverse learning styles are addressed, using a variety of teaching strategies including direct instruction, reading, writing, discussions, oral presentations, films, individual and group work, guest artists, field trips and other arts-based projects and methods.
The ArtQuest curriculum is organized around both the California Content Standards in the Arts and the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework, incorporating the five components of Arts Education:
Collaborations, projects, discussions, exhibitions and performances contribute to student understanding about the necessity of ideas and communication through the Arts. Three key priorities emphasized throughout AQ include the imagining of meaningful concepts, the development of strong technical skills, and the ability to proficiently and critically assess work on an ongoing basis. What is now called “Common Core” is not a new idea for AQ, but has always been at the heart of the program.
Jerie Parks, ArtQuest Program Assistant