March is Youth Art Month

   While Youth Art Month typically occurs in March, local and state events celebrating visual art education take place on almost a year round basis at Mentor Schools. Events are taking place right now in schools, libraries, art centers, museums, and state capitol buildings. Maybe you have seen our tweets?! Currently, WE HAVE MENTOR ART STUDENTS who have work representing our congressional district in the Capitol Building in WASHINGTON D.C. and in Columbus. We also have students competing in the Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition (our "states"). Mentor students K-12 are competing at the national level in the PTA Reflections contest (in visual art, film, literature and photography) and high school students at the national level (Scholastics Art Awards). Mentor art students are also volunteering for numerous community and global programs such as the LEAF Umbrella Project and The Memory Project, as well as United Way's "Light the Way" project and helping with preparing for The League of Innovative Schools Conference in April.


We hope you feel proud of our Art Program and we thank you for your support. Feel free to share the following from the National Art Education Association:


Youth Art Month Benefits

Youth Art Month exists to:

1. Recognize art education as a viable factor in the total education curriculum that develops citizens of a global society.Recognize art is a necessity for the full development of better quality of life for all.
2. Direct attention to the value of art education for divergent and critical thinking.
3. Expand art programs in schools and stimulate new art programs.
4. Encourage commitment to the arts by students, community organizations, and individuals everywhere.
5. Provide additional opportunities for individuals of all ages to participate in creative art learning.
6. Increase community, business and governmental support for art education.
7. Increase community understanding and interest in art and art education through involvement in artexhibits, workshops, and other creative ventures.
8. Reflect and demonstrate the goals of the National Art Education Association that work toward the improvement of art education at all levels.

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. Watch this action sketch video:
Calling all MHS Art Alumni!
As an MHS alum, you play a critical role in our students' and our community's understanding of the arts! We are actively working on ways to keep you connected with us and with one another. We developed this survey with the goal of communicating with our alumni in the hope that we can share the best opportunities and most useful resources with our current art students and inform our stakeholders about careers in art.
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Welcome to the Art Department!
We find reasons to celebrate art in the Mentor Schools community everyday, and our students are encouraged to participate in local, state and national events, shows and competitions throughout the year. Our gallery links (to the left) offer even more information and even more amazing artwork from our creative students!
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When parents and families become involved in their children’s education, students achieve great success!  This site is designed to help parents understand what children are expected to learn in art– and how to help them succeed. This site features links to other information about art education in Mentor Schools and helpful tools for you and your K-12 art student such as:
Family Guides for Fine Arts:
The Fine Arts Standards Guides for Families are published in single grades K-8, and high school
(9-12).  The link below allows you to access and select the grade level and a link to the
publication will be displayed.
Fine Arts Standards Guides for Families
Course Offerings:
We offer visual art classes to all of our students K-6, as well as a variety of elective art courses
at the secondary level.  The links below allow you to access the Program of Studies for Visual Art at Mentor High School and Mentor middle schools.
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Our K-12 Art Curriculum:
Daniel Pinkwater, a famous illustrator stated, “I believe it is impossible to make sense of life in this world except through art.” 

We are pleased to announce that our revised K-12 Art Course of Study, written by the Art Curriculum Revision Committee, has been approved by the Board of Education. The Art Revision Committee believes art education not only allows students to broaden their understanding and appreciation of the world around them, it is also contributes significantly to a child’s intellectual development.
Careers in the 21st century will demand creative and innovative thinkers who can communicate and collaborate across cultures.  Art encourages critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. These higher-order thinking skills are critical for students to learn in order to live productively in our emerging global society. Some highlights of the revision include a 21st Century Skills Index which indicates the integration of the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) throughout the K-12 curriculum. Some examples include:
·         employing digital tools and resources to create and publish original artwork
·         using technology appropriately to acquire information about art historically and globally
·         using technology for analyzing art-making challenges
·         and using technology for collaborating with peers, and sharing works of art through digital portfolios.     
We believe that the arts are VITAL in providing a well-rounded education for our students. Art education promotes student success in society, school, developing intelligence and life. The K-12 Art Curriculum at Mentor Schools is aligned to the Ohio Department of Education's Fine Arts Academic Content Standards.The link below allows you to open and view the Fine Arts Academic Content Standards in three different layouts: organized by standard, organized by grade level and with the benchmarks and indicators aligned.
Ohio Visual Arts Content Standards
Read Ellliot Eisner's "Ten Lessons the Arts Teach"
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