The Visual Arts curriculum provides experiences in the art studios K-12 that are an essential element in the education of every student. The creative process develops the higher order thinking skills essential to all learning. The visual arts classes are charged with thoughtfulness, genuine understanding, and reflection as students awaken to the meaning of their world and the power they possess to express themselves through art. Keen observation is a fundamental instrument of individuality, of immediate personal response, an essential condition of understanding. It is through art making that students integrate careful observation and the creative capacity to see what is possible while remaining attentive to what is. Students and teachers engage in a collaborative search for meaning in artwork based on their own lives and personal experiences.