Creativity is an imperative and highly sought after skill in today’s ever changing world. No matter which path students pursue, experience in art will enhance their lives, strengthen their ability to solve problems, understand others, and appreciate the world around them. Like math or reading, this skill can be learned and is critical for a balanced education. Our art classes are educational experiences centered on encouraging creativity in a structured, but fun and enjoyable atmosphere. The curriculum emerges out of student directed learning and is flexible enough to meet the unique needs of each student. This approach treats each individual as an artist and offers students several choices for expressing their ideas.The courses have a strong emphasis on the elements and principles of design and are learned through a variety of diverse mediums including traditional drawing and painting, as well as welding, ceramics, glass bead making, stained glass, digital, batik and more. Giving students the choice of how to best express themselves engages them in their own learning, gets them excited about the artwork they are creating and produces a more authentic expression of their ideas. They will gain an understanding, knowledge and appreciation of materials, tools, techniques, historical and cultural influential factors and learn to analyze, evaluate and discuss work of art. Students will receive the best art education possible while developing their creative confidence, discovering their full creative potential and enjoying the process of creating art.