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

Objective 1
Explore, understand, refine techniques and processes in a variety of media.

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

Objective 2
Create ceramics using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive ceramics using art elements, including form, shape, negative space, and texture.
  2. Create expressive works of art using principles to organize the art elements, including contrast, repetition, balance, and unity.


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

Objective 1
Critique ceramics works.

  1. Analyze ceramic works regarding use of art elements and principles.
  2. Examine the functions of ceramics.
  3. Interpret ceramic works.

Objective 2
Evaluate ceramics.

  1. Analyze and compare ceramic works using a variety of aesthetic approaches.
  2. Evaluate ceramics 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 ceramics.

Objective 1
Create content in ceramics.

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

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


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

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

  1. Use visual characteristics to group ceramic works 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 ceramics.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with artworks from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize ceramics with other educational subjects.

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

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

  1. Examine careers related to ceramics.
  2. Predict how ceramics 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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