Visual Arts

  • Welcome to the Department of Art! 

    We invite you to browse this portion of the district website to learn more about our outstanding art programs. We are very proud of our fine arts programs and the work our students are able to accomplish! We hope you will take advantage of the many opportunities to share in, and to celebrate these fantastic programs by attending one of the art shows. The links at the left will provide you with more information about district art programs.   

    All students in grades K-7 receive instruction in the visual arts, and continue to have the opportunity to take art courses in grades 8-12. Rush-Henrietta students consistently earn awards in the Scholastic Arts shows and other area competitions. Additionally, student artwork is highlighted in art shows throughout the school year at buildings within the district and the community.  

    Art education is a forum where students develop their potential - aesthetically, intellectually and creatively. Art is a record of humankind's achievements, a reflection of a society's values, beliefs, attitudes and concerns. Students grow in their ability to participate in their world when they begin to see connections between the visual arts, other art forms, and aspects of life and learning. 

    Art education is indispensable to the freedom of inquiry and expression. The arts provide forms of nonverbal communication that can strengthen the presentation of ideas. The modes of thinking and methods of the arts can be used to illuminate situations in other disciplines that require creative solutions. All students, regardless of their background, talents, or abilities, deserve access to a rich, comprehensive arts education program that develops the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation and self-motivation necessary for success in life. Art is an important part of the common culture because it provides us with examples of the breadth, depth, and complexity of human nature.

    Access the links below to websites for preschool through secondary students and for links to art museums.  Get a good start - a smart start with art!

    To learn more about the art programs offered, contact the Director of Art, Tom Stewart, by calling (585) 359-7809 or e-mailing