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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 paintings by manipulating art 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 painting media, including current arts-related technologies.
  2. Select and analyze the expressive potential of painting media, techniques, and processes.
  3. Practice safe and responsible use of art media, equipment, and studio space.

Objective 2
Create paintings using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive paintings using art elements, including value and form.
  2. Create expressive paintings using art principles to organize the art elements, including aerial perspective, color relationships, emphasis, and mood.


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

Objective 1
Critique paintings.

  1. Analyze paintings according to use of art elements and principles.
  2. Examine the functions of painting.
  3. Interpret paintings.

Objective 2
Evaluate paintings.

  1. Analyze and compare paintings using a variety of aesthetic approaches.
  2. Evaluate paintings 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 paintings.

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Objective 1
Create content in paintings.

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

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


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

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

  1. Use visual characteristics to group paintings 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 paintings.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with paintings from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize painting with other educational subjects.

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

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

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

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Cathy Jensen and see the Fine Arts - Visual Art website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - DIANA SUDDRETH .  
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