Welcome to the Robert E. Lee High School Fine Arts Department.We wish to acquaint you with our various programs and to showcase our wonderfully talented students. Course offerings can be found under the individual departments.
Why Are the Arts Important?
They are languages that all people speak that cut across racial,
cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers and enhance
cultural appreciation and awareness. They are symbol systems as important as letters and numbers.
They integrate mind, body, and spirit. They provide opportunities for self-expression, bringing the inner
world into the outer world of concrete reality. They offer the avenue to "flow states" and peak
experiences. They create a seamless connection between motivation, instruction,
assessment, and practical application--leading to deep
understanding. They are an opportunity to experience processes from beginning to
end. They develop both independence and collaboration. They provide immediate feedback and opportunities for reflection.
They make it possible to use personal strengths in meaningful ways
and to bridge into understanding sometimes difficult abstractions
through these strengths. They merge the learning of process and content.
They improve academic achievement -- enhancing test scores,
attitudes, social skills, critical and creative thinking. They exercise and develop higher order thinking skills including
analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and "problem-finding." They are essential components of any alternative assessment
program. They provide the means for every student to learn.