Visual Arts

These take a look at what a typical student at the end of an identified grade span would look like in terms of understanding and sophistication of thinking. These documents look at the big picture, not specific skills or content the student will encounter to gain this expertise. 

Grades K-2: By the end of grade 2 students manipulate a variety of introductory media, styles and techniques with a variety of introductory tools; students are aware of the elements and principles of design in art and beginning to use the art elements in multiple artworks; students discover various artistic styles and cultural influences to create original works of art; students express art connections across content areas; students compare characteristics between works of art; students create art to express a specific message.

Grades 3-5: By the end of grade 5 students solve visual problems using appropriate media, style and technique with a variety of tools and technologies; meaningfully apply art elements and art principles in their artwork and contrast art elements in multiple artworks; investigate various artists, styles and cultures to develop and use original ideas to create personal works of art; compare and contrast strengths of diverse cultures related to self; express opinions about art and self-reflect over personal growth over specific criteria using relevant vocabulary; make connections between their art, other disciplines and the community around them.

Grades 6-8: By the end of grade 8 students make connections about self-expression through symbolism; analyze artworks using art language derived from the art elements and art principles; critique their own artwork and the artwork of others; understand characteristics of a variety of art movements; determine how culture plays a role in art; apply a variety of media and techniques to visually communicate ideas; realize the connections between visual arts, other subjects, and their community.

Grades 9-12: By the end of grade 12 students create meaningful, finished projects with a variety of tools and technologies and using appropriate media with consideration of the elements and principles of art; compare the potential of various techniques and materials; describe the characteristics of a wide variety of artforms through a deep investigation of various artists, styles and cultures, develop and use original ideas to create personal works of art; make connections between the elements represented, the community around them, the historical and sociocultural aspects presented in the art work; use description, analysis, and judgement to create and express opinions about a wide variety of art and self-reflect on one’s own personal growth over criteria using relevant vocabulary.
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