Ascension sees the visual arts as an integral part of a student’s educational experience. The visual arts program at Ascension is designed to provide students with standards based instruction, upon which students are led through a progression of skills and experiences based on the Diocesan Benchmarks. Through this framework, students are nurtured and led through creative and innovative lessons that are so critical in allowing students to make genuine connections to other curricular areas. Students are tasked with authentic projects that not only utilize essential skills but demand innovation and collaboration while pushing them to reach for new ideas. Assessments are meant to be formative and are designed to evaluate a student’s art skills, creativity and critical thinking.