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K-12 Curriculum

Our programs meet the learning goals of the core discipline (visual art) as defined in the New York State Standards in the Visual Arts as well as selected skills, knowledge and expertise identified in the Framework for 21st Century Skills. The National Core Visual Arts Standards offer a guide to learning in art and design aligned to Common Core Standards in Math and ELA. Our on-campus and in-school programs develop children and young peoples’ knowledge in the creative disciplines (art, design, architecture, and related fields) through hands-on studio-based learning. The studio activities are carefully designed and structured to support creativity and innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration, and develop the attributes of civic motivation and action.

Learning Outcomes

All programs have the following overall learning outcomes. As a result of participating in our programs, children and young people will be able to:

  • use the materials, techniques and processes associated with a specific discipline or subject area 
  • apply their knowledge of practical and conceptual skills in studio projects that demonstrate originality and inventiveness
  • critically engage with their own work and the work of others
  • formulate ideas and concepts, and communicate them effectively
  • work effectively alone or with others

In addition, students participating in the Pratt Young Scholars will be able to:

  • Understand, identify and pursue college and career opportunities in the creative fields

All programs run by the Center offer undergraduate and graduate students studying art, design, architecture and related fields opportunities in community-based education in their major while simultaneously bringing art and design classes to the community. As a result of participating in a service-learning project, or a community-based class, Pratt undergraduate and graduate students will be able to:

  • connect and extend the knowledge of their discipline to community engagement and to one’s own participation in civic life
  • identify a goal or vision, work across community contexts and structures, and collaborate with others

“working with . . . the middle school students was a valuable professional opportunity. The aspect of the course that related to socially engaged art practice is an important direction.”

Fine Art Student


For more information on the curriculum, go to each program page: Saturday Art SchoolDesign Initiative for Community Empowerment (DICE), and Pratt Young Scholars.