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Fine Arts - Visual Art Curriculum
Commercial Art and Electronic Media
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Core Standards of the Course


Standard 1
Students will assemble and create works of CAEM 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 CAEM media, including current arts-related technologies.
  2. Select and analyze the expressive potential of CAEM media, techniques, and processes.
  3. Practice safe and responsible use of CAEM media, equipment, and studio space.

Objective 2
Create works of CAEM using art elements and principles.

  1. Create expressive works of CAEM using art elements, including color relationships, line, and shape.
  2. Create expressive works of art using principles to organize the art elements, including composition, emphasis, and eye movement.


Standard 2
Students will find meaning by analyzing, criticizing, and evaluating works of CAEM.

Objective 1
Critique works of CAEM.

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

Objective 2
Evaluate works of CAEM.

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

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Objective 1
Create content in works of CAEM.

  1. Identify subject matter, metaphor, themes, symbols, and content in works of CAEM.
  2. Create works of CAEM 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 works of CAEM 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 CAEM selected by themes such as mastery of a medium, Core objectives, and significant content.


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

Objective 1
Align works of CAEM 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 works of CAEM.
  3. Evaluate own relationship with artworks from various periods in history.

Objective 2
Synthesize CAEM works with other educational subjects.

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

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

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