Inherent in the teaching of art are primal instincts to have fun and to create. However, art is as necessary to human development as any high school course that is offered. The student quickly learns that the art room is a laboratory and invitation to explore and create. It is a safe place where pushing the envelope in creativity is the testing ground for taking art to others and seeking skills needed in life: self-discipline, dignity in work and doing something well, sharing, building trust and ‘self’, promoting curiosity, respect, and ways to make a difference, no matter how small. The student learns that historical and cultural origins of art connect all of humanity. Critical thinking, performance and assessment techniques meet state and national standards. The Art 2 course includes four sections: Pottery. Sculpture, 3 Dimensional Design and Batik. Each section is a 9 week unit and addresses the creative points of view of 10th and 11th grade students and the state and national Humanities standards, patterned after the work of the Idaho Department of Education and the talented group of art educators who authored the Humanities Courses of Study. While this course addresses national standards, it is not intended for that purpose only.