Visual and Performing Arts

PVUSD Student Art Show 2016

PVUSD Student Art Show

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Welcome to the Visual and Performing Arts section of the Educational Services Department, PVUSD.

As stated in the California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards (2001), "the arts are core subjects, each containing a distinct body of knowledge and skills. Academic rigor is a basic characteristic of a comprehensive education in the arts, including the following:

  • Learning through active practice, rehearsal, and creation or performance of works in the arts
  • Reading about the arts and artists
  • Researching, writing, and communicating about the arts
  • Reflecting on the arts in thoughtful essay or journal writing on one’s observations, feelings, and ideas about the arts
  • Participating in arts criticism on the basis of observation, knowledge, and criteria

"Another important goal of the standards is to help students make connections between concepts in all of the arts and across subject areas. The arts standards [also] respect the multiplicity of cultures represented in California schools." (page x)

Arts Speaks - National Endowment for the Arts

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Arts Involvement Narrows Achievement Gap

A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts."Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these youngsters who tend to exceed expectations: those who participate heavily in the arts.

“At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied,” a team of scholars writes in a new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report. “These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth.”

Visual Art as Critical Thinking

This fascinating article argues that "visual arts (as well as other arts) are an excellent discipline to build and utilize critical thinking skills."

Originally posted (11/2/2011) at Edutopia, it is also posted at Fluency21, . Both these websites are outstanding sources of information and resources for educators — check 'em out!

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Susan Graulty

VAPA/GATE Coordinator

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