Welcome to Fine Arts
at Dutchtown High School!
We offer the opportunity to polish your creative skills, your imagination, your communication skills, and your performance techniques. Everyone has the opportunity to advance to the next level through practice, performance, and production.
About the Dutchtown Visual Arts Program
In our studio, students learn critical thinking and creativity they will use in their future careers--whether those careers are in the visual arts or in other innovative fields. The Georgia Department of Education has designated our classes as studio courses. This means all grades are earned by the work done in the studio every day. We produce artwork, experiment, write and speak about art. Grades are not earned through homework or make up work, so it's important to use class time wisely.
Who are our artists and where are they headed?
The first art course, Comprehensive Art, is made up of 96 students, mostly in 9th or 10th grade. According to a fall, 2011, survey, 57% stated that they are interested in pursuing an art or design career. They checked one or more specific careers from a list of 22 choices.
The advanced classes are Drawing & Painting and Selected Studio. The 76 students in those courses completed a detailed survey from My College Options in the fall of 2011. 86% of this group stated that they plan to attend an art or design college and pursue a creative career.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs in the design field are growing at a faster rate than those in most other fields. More Americans are employed in creative occupations than in accounting, construction, and law combined. For Georgia's student artists planning to pursue design careers, "college and career readiness" means moving their art and technology skills forward so that they can compete with students from other states for scholarships, college entrance, and jobs. In the DHS Visual Arts program, we use every resource and work energetically to help our artists make their career dreams a reality.
The Capitol Art Exhibit 2010
DHS artists met their state legislators at the capitol. The student artists' work is on display in Georgia's largest statewide art exhibit.