Visual Arts

Educational Philosophy

Art is essential in education. Students engage in art production, art history, art criticism and discussion of aesthetics to broaden theirunderstanding of self and community, to place the arts in an historical and cultural context, and to experience the arts as a universal
form of human expression and communication.

Guiding Principles

The art curriculum does the following:
  • Emphasizes development of students’ skills and understanding of creating and responding.
  • Teaches the language inherent in the four disciplines: art production, art history, art criticism, aesthetics.
  • Enables students to apply both imagination and rational thinking to the making of art.
  • Enables students to invent and explore multiple solutions to a problem.
  • Enables students to understand the value of reflection and critical judgment in creative work.
  • Promotes knowledge and understanding of the historical and cultural context of the arts – how world cultures have been influenced and shaped by the arts.
  • Facilitates positive peer interaction, including receiving and using feedback.
  • Encourages self-motivation to create and problem solve.
  • Uses artistic literacy as a natural enhancement to learning in other content areas.
  • Fosters positive attitudes toward art and opinions of other artists.
  • Uses a variety of assessment methods to evaluate what students know and are able to do.
  • Introduces career possibilities.


Read the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions.
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Adv. Drawing and Painting
  • Junior-Senior Portfolio
  • Photography
  • Adv. Photography
  • Web Design
  • Adv. Web Design
  • Art History
  • Digital Imagery I
  • Digital Imagery II


Diana Adams Woodruff, Director
Visual Arts Department
Acton Public Schools
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District
16 Charter Road
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: (978) 264-4700, x3315
Fax: (978) 263-8409