At Altura Elementary, visual arts are essential to every child’s education. As in other core content areas, arts education is based upon specific and comprehensive achievement standards at the local, state, and national levels. In Art class we challenge every student to construct meaning through creating works of art. In addition to studying art, experiencing and creating works of art benefit students’ intellectual, personal, and social development. Research indicates that there are strong relationships among learning in the arts, fundamental cognitive skills, and capacities used to master other core subjects. Art is a powerful means of communication (both verbal and nonverbal) among individuals, generations, and cultures. Through Art people celebrate and understand themselves, others, and the world in which they live. All students benefit from art education for the reason that it develops the whole person while integrating and expanding learning across multiple areas of study.