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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 drawings by manipulating art media and by organizing images with the elements and principles.

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 drawing media, techniques, and processes.
  3. Practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space.

Objective 2
Create drawings using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive drawings using art elements, including line, shape, form, value, contour, and perspective.
  2. Create expressive works of art using principles to organize the art elements, including mood, emphasis, and unity.


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

Objective 1
Critique drawings.

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

Objective 2
Evaluate drawings.

  1. Analyze and compare drawings using a variety of aesthetic approaches.
  2. Evaluate drawings based on their 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 drawings.

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Objective 1
Create content in drawings.

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

Objective 2
Curate drawings 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 drawings selected by themes such as mastery of a medium, Core objectives, and significant content.


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

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Objective 1
Align drawings 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 drawings.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with drawings from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize drawing with other educational subjects.

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

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

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

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