students art project

K-3 Visual Art

Elementary Schools Visual Art Program

Visual Art is a vital component of the core academic curriculum in each of our four elementary schools. Our curriculum in Grade K-3 based upon the National Standards for Art Education and the Massachusetts Frameworks for Art Education. It is designed to provide students with basic technical skills as artists and an understanding of the seven fundamental elements of design (line, shape, color, texture, form, value and space). In addition, students develop the ability to think creatively and make artistic choices about their own work and how best to communicate their ideas in the selected medium.

Students in Grades K-3 spend 45-minutes per week in a dedicated art studio classroom with one of our licensed, highly qualified art educators. The art teacher in each building works closely with classroom grade-level teachers to plan cross-curricular projects that allow students to experience their curriculum in different ways.

Visual Art

The Belmont Public Schools has a long standing tradition of offering an outstanding program in the visual arts. The program is consistently recognized for its excellence by major art colleges across the country. Student artwork has won national recognition by Scholastic Arts. The program is staffed by twelve high qualified art educators. 

The visual arts curriculum of the Belmont Public Schools has been designed to provide students with rich opportunities in developing skills and knowledge in both creating art and responding to art. The program also promotes awareness and understanding of the connections between visual art and other arts and disciplines through the study of the arts of other cultures and historical periods. Through our curriculum, students also come to understand the purpose of the arts as a means of personal expression, as well as its role in our daily lives. 

The goals for the visual arts program are consistent with the National Standards for Visual Art, as well as with the standards articulated in the Massachusetts Arts Curriculum Framework.

Learning Benchmarks


Visual Art is considered part of the core curriculum at Belmont High School, and as a result our students produce artwork that is interesting, expressive and technically advanced. The Visual Art curriculum changes and adapts regularly to reflect the world around us and provide students with the opportunity to create artwork that is meaningful and culturally relevant.

Course Offerings in the Visual Arts include: