YES and The Ross Valley Visual Art Program
YES funds credentialed art teachers at every elementary school and Pre-Period 6th Grade Art and Digital Art at White Hill middle school. YES also funds all art supplies for every art class K-8. The Mission of the district art program is to provide children in Kindergarten through 8th grade with an enriched, developmentally appropriate and challenging art curriculum that inspires creativity and self-expression, builds self-confidence, and develops problem solving and divergent thinking and helps students become lifelong learners. Students become familiar with a variety of art media, tools, techniques, appreciation for and the development of the language of art and develop the ability to employ the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in their work. The program also emphasizes the importance of art in history and contemporary society.
Student art is displayed in a professional manner to honor and celebrate the work of students and present to the community the impact of student learning. Students are recognized as unique individuals with their own ideas, cultural, familial and social values, and are encouraged to make joyful discoveries and connections in their work through this personal lens.
Art Going Home
At the end of the school year we look forward to sending home your student’s artwork in a collection that will show exploration of various media, their process, and their progression of skills throughout the year. During the school year teachers keep the majority of work to be able to assess students’ growth and exhibit the work. One goal of the RVSD Art program is to showcase students art in the community; students get excited and get positive feedback from having their work on display at school and around the community in various exhibits. Student work will occasionally go home for every grade, and each school has an Art Blog showcasing our student’s in-process and finished work which gives an inside look at what is happening in the art room. Please contact your child’s art teacher if you would like to visit the art room or to volunteer. Thank you so much for your support of the YES Foundation!