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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 photography by manipulating art media and by organizing images the elements and principles.

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

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

Objective 2
Create photography using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive photographs using art elements, including value, texture, contrast, and depth.
  2. Create expressive photographs using principles, including mood, emphasis, composition, and unity, to organize the art elements.


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

Objective 1
Critique photography.

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

Objective 2
Evaluate photography.

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

Objective 1
Create content in photography.

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

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


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

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Objective 1
Align works of photography according to history, geography, and personal experience.

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

Objective 2
Involve the creation of photography with other educational subjects.

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

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

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

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