The Fine Arts Visual Art Department desires to provide an opportunity—regardless of individual talent and level of experience—to develop the whole person through visual artistic expression. The purpose of the Visual Arts Department is to provide for a success-oriented environment, through a series of visual art experiences that encourage and reinforce the processes of critical thinking: observation, perception, imagination, cognition, incubation, action and problem solving.
Designed around the Wisconsin State and National Standards for Arts Education, the Qualities of a DSHA Graduate are also embedded in the curriculum. In addition to critical thinking, students experience the arts as a means for communication, leadership and being a believer. These studio courses include multiple techniques for different learner styles, including: lecture, visuals, group work, oral presentations, demonstrations, art museum visits and research, which all broaden the way information is processed.
Inclusion in various community programs, art exhibits and competitions gives students the opportunity to add her voice to a larger arts community.