Visual Arts Curriculum

  • The MCPS Visual Arts Program encourages students to develop their creativity and expressive awareness. Through arts education, students gain powerful tools for learning artistic modes of problem solving which bring an array of expressive, analytical, and developmental skills to every human situation.  The arts serve to heighten our rich cultural traditions while encouraging self-realization and developing self-discipline.

    Our purpose is to foster attitudes, understanding, skills, and enjoyment so each individual’s artistic potential may be developed. In developing their potential, students will realize that lifelong participation in the Arts is a valuable part of a life fully lived.

    Although the Missoula County Public Schools’ Visual Arts curriculum was developed to assure that students meet the Montana Standards for the Arts at the appropriate grade levels, MCPS Visual Arts learning targets were written based on the National Standards for the Arts, which specifically address K-12 Visual Arts education.


    • Standard #1:     Students will understand and apply media, techniques and processes.
    • Standard #2:     Students will use knowledge of structures and functions.
    • Standard #3:     Students will choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
    • Standard #4:     Students will demonstrate understanding of the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
    • Standard #5:     Students will reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
    • Standard #6:     Students will make connections between visual art and other disciplines.