The visual arts program provides, through a low-risk and success-oriented environment, and a series of developmental experiences that encourage and reinforce the processes of critical thinking: observation, perception, imagination, cognition, incubation, action, and problem solving.
Art is an educational discipline that employs 21st century skills, expanding both hemispheres of the brain and, in the process, addresses the development of the young woman as the whole person. Students are encouraged to develop problem-solving techniques and use these skills in real life with other subjects. The goal of each specialized course is for the student to develop confidence with skills and techniques in the selected art medium to better communicate her young voice.
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.