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Fine Arts - Visual Art Curriculum
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Core Standards of the Course


Standard 1
Students will assemble and create prints by manipulating printmaking media and by organizing images with the elements and principles.

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Objective 1
Refine techniques and processes in a variety of media.

  1. Experience and control a variety of media, including current arts-related technologies.
  2. Select and analyze the expressive potential of printmaking media, techniques, and processes.
  3. Practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space.

Objective 2
Create prints using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive prints using art elements, including line, value, texture, space, shape, form, and depth.
  2. Create expressive prints using principles, including repetition, emphasis, balance, and unity, to organize the art elements.


Standard 2
Students will find meaning by analyzing, criticizing, and evaluating prints.

Objective 1
Critique printmaking.

  1. Analyze prints regarding the use of art elements and principles.
  2. Examine the functions of printmaking.
  3. Interpret prints.

Objective 2
Evaluate printmaking and prints.

  1. Analyze and compare prints using a variety of aesthetic approaches.
  2. Evaluate printmaking based on forming techniques, effective use of art elements and principles, fulfillment of functions, impact of content, expressive qualities, and aesthetic significance.


Standard 3
Students will create meaning in prints.

Objective 1
Create content in printmaking.

  1. Identify subject matter, metaphor, themes, symbols, and content in printmaking.
  2. Create prints that effectively communicate subject matter, metaphor, themes, symbols, or individually conceived content.
  3. Create divergent, novel, or individually inspired applications of printmaking or art elements and principles that express content.

Objective 2
Curate prints ordered by medium and content.

  1. Organize a portfolio that expresses a purpose such as mastery of a medium, objectives of this Core, or significant content.
  2. Exhibit printmaking selected by themes such as mastery of a medium, Core objectives, and significant content.


Standard 4
Students will find meaning in printmaking through settings and other modes of learning.

Objective 1
Align prints according to history, geography, and personal experience.

  1. Use visual characteristics to group artworks into historical, social, and cultural contexts; e.g., cubist view of the Egyptians, tenebrism of the Baroque.
  2. Analyze the impact of time, place, and culture on printmaking.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with prints from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize printmaking with other educational subjects.

  1. Integrate printmaking with dance, music, and theater.
  2. Explore how printmaking can be integrated across disciplines.

Objective 3
Evaluate the impact of printmaking on life outside of school.

  1. Examine careers related to printmaking.
  2. Predict how printmaking can add to the quality of life and lifelong learning.

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