Fine Arts Department

Dear Parents and Students:

Students will complete many enriching activities and create projects in Visual Art class that go beyond the foundational standards-based curriculum. Many of these activities result in a project that students are able to keep and take home. We ask that parents donate necessary funds at the start of the term to cover the actual cost of materials used during the course. Each visual art class has different projects and materials that require various financial needs in order to meet the curriculum. 

If you wish to contribute, your tax-deductible donation can be made various ways. Checks can be made out to “Placer High School” and we have an online option available for each class located in our school’s web store linked below. 

This donation to our classes is voluntary, is not a condition of class participation, and will not affect a student’s access to necessary materials to earn his or her grade.  

Thank you very much for your help in maintaining a successful program at Placer High.


Develop Craft:
Learning to use and care for tools & materials. Learning artistic conventions. 
Engage & Persist: 
Learning to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop focus and other mental states conducive to working and persevering at art tasks.
Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed and imagine possible next steps in making a piece.
Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.
Learning to attend to visual contexts more closely than ordinary "looking" requires, and thereby to see things that otherwise might not be seen.
Question & Explain: Learning to think and talk with others about an aspect of one’s work or working process. 
Evaluate: Learning to judge one’s own work and working process and the work of others in relation to standards of the field.
Stretch & Explore
Learning to reach beyond one's capacities, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes and accidents.
Understand Art World: 
Learning about art history and current practice. Communities: Learning to interact as an artist with other artists (i.e., in classrooms, in local arts organizations, and across the art field) and within the broader society.
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