Visual Arts ClassesThe visual arts program at Western School District encompasses K-12 curriculum. Art teachers teach to a diverse population of students.
At the elementary level, students are able to experience art on a rotation by grade at each building. In the middle school, students are able to experience a variety of media in the art class room by grade. Students sculpt, paint and create with clay. In the high schools, art classes are offered at a basic to advanced level. Students experience as many media possible from drawing and painting to clay and digital photography and filmmaking to give them a rounded experience in visual arts. Current classes include; Basic Art, 2-D Design, Independent Advanced Art, Digital Photography, Art of Film and Multimedia Communications.
High school students interested in art as a career often are invited to join the National Art Honor Society. Students need to take an art class yearly and maintain a B average in all art classes.
Student work is displayed yearly at the #jxnartteachers Show and at the Michigan Art Education Association shows.
Congressional Art Competition
2017 Aspen Schupbach
Michigan Digital Arts, Film and Television Festival Winners
2016 Excellence Award - Carly Burkhart, Abby Hildenbrand, Bridgett Martz, Helena MacLean, Tabitha MacLean
2016 Merit Award - Bridgett Martz, Helena MacLean, Tabitha MacLean
2016 Honor Award - Carly Burkhart, Abby Hildenbrand, Sydney Losey, Madison Nichols
2016 Honor Award - Ember Horn, Sydney Losey, Matee Nowicki, Madelyn Polich, Kendra Swanepoel
2015 Honor Award - Jessica Williams and Kristin Vann for documentaries
2012 Honor Award - Hippo's Hope by Mackenzie Bowden, Rachel Dobbin, Anna Dunston, Libby Ellis, Sarah Ellis, Haley Glinz
Michigan Art Education Association State Visual Art Winners
2016 Michigan Department of Education Display - Makenzie Vogt
2016 Top 100 in the state - Dane Sprague
2016 Top 100 in the state - Courtney Bachman
2013 Top 100 in the state - Alexa Pluta
2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Sarah Ellis
2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Kathryn Marshall
2012 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Rhiannon Nadratowski
2011 Top 100 in the state - Kathryn Marshall
2010 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Madison Palmer
2009 Top 100 in the state - Anna Zerull
2008 Top 100 in the state - Rachel Mathews
2007 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Amanda Trudell
2006 Top 100 in the state - Alyson Sommerfield
Andrew Minniear - 2004 Top 18 in the state
2003 Michigan Youth Arts Festival - Amber Fridd