The arts serve as the primary signature of a culture, carrying our individual and collective images and ideas from one generation to another. The arts are a distinctive way of understanding and give purpose to learning; they provide tools for interpreting life's experiences. For children specifically, the arts develop a child's identity and sense of self-worth. The integrity of a Visual Arts curriculum depends on its diversity, integration, and exploration of creative problem solving. Art education encourages a student to affect his/ her environment. The whole child as an artist is guided to share his/her feelings and impact others while encouraging self-discipline. Art is a vehicle for knowing and understanding the world and our heritage. It is active experiential learning in a meaningful context. So as you can see, Art is an essential part of the IPA curriculum.
Component outcomes and suggested activities are based on six Design Elements: Line, Color, Shape and Form, Texture, Space, and Value; and seven Design Principles: Unity, Balance, Rhythm, Repetition, Variety, Emphasis, and Proportion. These are the foundations of the IPA Art Department and are revisited in all other art classes.