District 401 students learn the language of the visual arts from the earliest grades. They are introduced to the fundamental elements of line, shape, space, color and texture. They learn about the principles of repetition and pattern. They study the expressive qualities of mood, emotion and pictorial representation.
They are also introduced to the processes, traditional tools and modern technologies of the visual arts.
Using this knowledge, they learn how to create their own works of art that embody the principles of balance, unity, harmony, pattern, contrast and emphasis.