The Visual Art Department at Hampton Roads Academy strives to create an inclusive environment for all students. The sequential curriculum throughout all levels of the program enables the development of vocabulary and technical skills in a wide variety of media. Visual art classes create an environment that fosters learning through experimentation in the creation of work that reflects both conceptual ideas and personal investment. The essential components of success include full participation, collaboration and a willingness to explore and take risks. Skills and problem solving strategies learned during project development are beneficial in other classes and beyond the academic setting.