"It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer."
- Shanna LaFleur
"Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art."
- Claude Debussy
"Get into the scene late, get out of the scene early."
- David Mamet
"Painting is easy when you don't know how, but impossible when you do."
- Edgar Degas
Students enrolled in Fine Arts programs of Gwinnett County Public Schools receive quality instruction in dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts. The Fine Arts will be an essential and integral part of the instructional program and will be accessible to all students. All students will be expected to demonstrate competence in the production, analysis, and evaluation of at least one art form and have an understanding of the contribution of all art forms to world cultures. Superior fine arts instruction will be delivered by certified arts teachers in each curriculum area based on a sequential, comprehensive, quality Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum which incorporates current technology. The AKS represent GCPS standards of excellence for all fine arts students and scaffold from grade to grade, ensuring that students are immersed in arts experiences.
Teachers will engage in continuous improvement of their content knowledge and will utilize quality plus instructional strategies in conjunction with creative and innovative instructional practices in the delivery of instruction. Gwinnett County Public Schools' Fine Arts students participate in numerous local, statewide, regional, national, and international festivals and competitions, and are known for their excellent performance standards. The continued enthusiasm and support of administrators at all levels, community members, parents, and students enable the Gwinnett County Public Schools Fine Arts programs to achieve world-class standards and to remain an essential element in a complete educational program. It is the desire that each Gwinnett County Public Schools student develops his/her artistic and creative potential to the fullest.
Music and visual arts instruction is provided to elementary students on a regular basis. Certified art and music specialists direct the programs in the elementary schools. Many schools have choruses, recorder ensembles, and art clubs that provide an outlet for talented and motivated students.
Art, general music, guitar, piano, and theatre arts programs are "connection" classes which are offered to middle school students. Band, chorus, and orchestra classes are performance ensembles which are also offered to middle school students. Certified teachers direct all Fine Arts programs, and students are instructed based on the adopted AKS for these programs.
Band, chorus, orchestra, music technology, dance, theatre arts, and visual arts are elective Fine Arts courses at the high school level. Offerings at both beginning and advanced levels are provided at all schools based on the needs and interests of the students, with appropriate AKS instruction for each course.