• Mr. Hewlett's art class

    Arts programs are not just nice to have, they are an essential part of a well-rounded education system. Arts education fosters critical thinking skills, improves overall academic performance, and sparks creativity. In short – we need the arts to ensure students realize their full potential.     – Superintendent Kathy Hoffman





Picasso Portrait



    I have lots of information to share with you here! You can see what lessons are going on in the art room, read about my art room procedures, and learn about my grading policy.

    Sunrise Art Curriculum

    All art programs in the Deer Valley Unified School District, including ours at Sunrise, are committed to designing developmentally-appropriate experiences for students which foster creativity, critical thinking skills, problem solving and self-expression for life-long learning. The integrity of a curriculum depends on its diversity, integration and exploration of creative problem solving. We are able to use traditional art materials as well as current technology. 

    Art is a form of universal communication, a celebration of our uniqueness, our values and our cultural heritage. Art education at Sunrise encourages a student to expand his or her awareness of their environment. The whole child as an artist is guided to share his or her feelings and impact others while learning self discipline. We use art as a vehicle for knowing and understanding the world, and for giving others an opportunity to know and understand us. It is active experiential learning in a meaningful context. Art is an essential part of the curriculum at Sunrise.

    Feel free to stop by and take a look at the curriculum materials any time, or you can check out the Arizona State Standards for Visual Art online. You can see the 2010-2011 updated Visual arts benchmarks and outcomes online. You might also want to check out Deer Valley School District's Art Page for current news and information on all the arts in our district. 
    I use Artsonia which is the world's largest collection of student art, published by teachers and students from around the world. Parents and family can view the art online, leave comments and order keepsakes featuring the artwork. Every time a purchase is made I receive a percentage towards art supplies, which helps me keep up with media trends in elementary art!
    I also have an instagram page where I post great examples of projects that I do throughout the year! it is mr.chrishewlett.