The mission of Creekside Park Visual Arts Department is to provide a comprehensive middle school visual arts program that develops 21st century skills and knowledge in visual literacy, creative problem solving, historical/ cultural context and relevance, and critical evaluation and response. Students will engage in inquiry which fosters collaboration and empathy, and provides individual challenge to students at all levels with persistence and self confidence. Art 1, Art 2, and Art 3 courses are designed to explore and develop these four foundational strands of the Middle School Art TEKS: observation and perception, creative expression, historical and cultural relevance,and critical analysis with progressive depth and graduated skill. Students will have opportunities beyond the classroom to demonstrate their fine art achievements.