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Description of Foundations I
This is the required Junior High/Middle School Visual Arts Core course. It is designed to provide an overview of Visual Arts while studying a broad variety of art tools and materials. With an emphasis on studio production, this course is designed to develop higher-level thinking, art-related technology skills, art criticism, art history, and aesthetics.
Explanation of Standards
There are two basic goals in a visual arts education: one, creating meaning in works of art, and two, perceiving meaning in works of art. The Utah State Visual Arts Core divides each of these goals into two standards. The resulting four art standards are Making, Perceiving, Expressing, and Contextualizing. These four divisions or standards organize the curriculum into manageable and related units and guide the student toward a deep and holistic comprehension of the Visual Arts. Each standard is broken into objectives, each objective into indicators. A scoring box is placed to the left of each objective. The student scores his or her achievement within each objective using a number ranging from 0 to 10. A legend is provided wherein the student and teacher tally both the average score from the objective boxes and the total number of indicators the class has studied.
Technology requirements for this class include computers with art/graphics software, color printer, image projectors, and appropriate new technologies.
Core Standards of the Course