The West Bloomfield School District teaches sequential fine arts curriculum based upon Michigan and National Standards through visual and performing arts classes. The district has a long tradition of delivering quality k-12 fine arts education both in the curricular and extra-curricular environment that is valued in our community. Beneficial outcomes have been documented in numerous research studies, leading to the inclusion of Arts education as a core academic subject in the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (referred to as “No Child Left Behind”). Corporate executives cite communication, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and innovation as the characteristics critical for success in the workforce of the 21st century.
Department Mission Statement:
We believe that within every child there is a consciousness, which desires to express itself through Fine Arts. The Arts have appeared in every society and every culture. It is imperative that Fine Arts be encouraged in a caring and nurturing environment. Involvement in Fine Arts provides a means through which individuals may express emotion, communicate ideas and explore humanity. Fine Arts education must be for all students and at all levels of their education. The West Bloomfield High School District’s curriculum provides the framework for students to develop fine arts through a sequential and spiraling curriculum.
Students interact with elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, history, and other expressive qualities. They demonstrate their understanding through performances throughout the year. The skills, experience, and understanding acquired in performing art classes are essential components of the overall learning process, and include higher level thinking skills.
General Music K-5, Band, Orchestra, Musical Theatre, Vocal Music, Concert Band, Symphony Band, Symphonic Winds, Drama 1, Drama 2, Concert String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chorale, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Laker Express, and AP Music Theory.
Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, MIFA, Marching Band, Winter Drumline, Winter Color Guard, MSBOA Festivals, MSVMA Festivals, Music in the Parks Festivals, BOA Competitions, MCBA Competitions, WGI Competitions, WGI Competitions, Oakland University Chamber Festival, Gold Company Jazz Festival, Hasting’s Jazz Festival.
Students interact with visual elements of line, color, shape, space, texture, form, value, and history. They demonstrate their understanding through their artwork throughout the year. The skills, experience, and understanding acquired in visual art classes are essential components of the overall learning process, and include higher level thinking skills.
Visual Art, Art Foundations, 3D Explorations, Ceramics & Advances Ceramics, Drawing & Advanced Drawing, Jewelry & Advanced Jewelry, Photography & Advanced Photography, AP Studio Art: 2D Design, AP Studio Art: Drawing.