Visual Arts Education
Visual Art is taught in the Arts Discovery Room by art teachers. Additional arts instruction is provided by teaching artists, through longstanding partnerships with the Armory Center for the Arts, Creative Arts Group in Sierra Madre, the California Art Club, and Lightbringer project.
Field Trips are provided through My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community, a signature program of the Pasadena Educational Foundation. Through My Masterpieces, every K-6 student explores the museums of our community, every year. My Masterpieces forges connections with area museums such as Kidspace, the Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens, and the Pasadena Museum of History. See the My Masterpieces page from PEF for more information.
Professional development programs are offered by the PUSD Arts Office and our community partners to strengthen teachers' abilities to integrate the arts into everyday teaching and learning. An ongoing partnership with The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has enabled our elementary teachers to integrate the arts with the Common Core. In addition, a part-time visual arts coach is available to support teachers.
The yearly All-District Art Exhibition, No Boundaries, showcases PUSD student talents in the visual arts. This exhibition is mounted in an empty storefront in the community, and becomes a center for celebrating the arts during its two-week run.