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
- provides a means for self-expression
- serves as an emotional release
- strengthens self concept and confidence
- increases self-understanding
- heightens aesthetics awareness and sensitivity
- enhances the ability to visualize
- encourages creative problem-solving and decision-making
- develops appreciation for the individuality of others
- leads to the integration of the individual
- aids physical coordination
- develops work habits and a sense of responsibility
Art provides even more...
- Everything around us has been designed by an artist.
- Our homes, cars, clothes, appliances, schools, offices, stores, dishes and furniture have been designed by artists before they went into production.
- Magazines and newspapers need artists, and artists are needed to design stages and costumes for the theater.
- Artists help design interiors of homes and buildings, and even draw plans for city parks and roller coasters.
Birmingham students get a full range of art in their Preschool - 12 experience.
Elementary and middle school students learn about things like
- 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
- discovering patterns in art and every day life
- learning about artists in history
- how to respect each others ideas in brainstoriming sessions
- step-by-step instructions and activities
- how to evaluate their art and the art of others
- careers in art
At the High School level students get the above reinforced information. Also, we teach...
Art Foundations, Drawing, Painting, Graphic Design, Jewelry, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, Graphic Imaging, Printmaking, Computer Design, and AP Studio Art (for grades 11 and 12).
- 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.
- The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center hosts a high school exhibit and competition in May. Groves and Seaholm both have students recognized for their outstanding art work.
- Many competitions come our way from various outside sources.
- Check the Groves and Seaholm High School Art Education link for inforamtion about the Jewelers of Birmingham High School Scholarship Competition.
- PTSA sponsors the Reflections contest each year.
- All grades are eligible to enter the Community House "Our Town" exhibit. The high schools are judged with winners announced at an opening ceremony in October.
- A new venue has become available to the Birmingham Art teachers: the Arden Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living Center has generously offered their site as a place to exhibit our students' artwork. They have secured a judge, and awards will be given to the top placing students in every grade from 1 -12 ! We appreciate their interest and support of the area's finest artists!
Charities and Foundations...
Art students have been involved in:
- making empty bowls and flower pots for sales benefiting the needy
- creating hundreds of commemorative tiles for the Birmingham Education Foundation
- decorating masks for the Michigan Hospice organization to benefit the facilities who care for the aged.
ART IS EVERYWHERE !