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

Objective 2
Create sculpture using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive sculpture using art elements, including line, texture, form, negative space, and value.
  2. Create expressive sculptures using principles to organize the art elements, including unity, proportion, emphasis, and balance.


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

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Objective 1
Critique sculpture.

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

Objective 2
Evaluate sculpture.

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

Objective 1
Create content in sculpture.

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

Objective 2
Curate sculpture ordered by medium and content.

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


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

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

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  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 sculpture.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with sculptures from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize sculpture with other educational subjects.

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

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

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

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