Visual Art Goals The National Standards for the Visual Arts have been developed into a series of GOALS that are clear, measurable, observable, and understandable to the students, parents, and community. The use of goals is to keep the mind open to the idea of learning and focused on the act of learning, By combining both declarative (mind) and procedural (application) knowledge the intentionality is focused on the combination of art theory and art making as well as the investigating the close relationship between the two.

Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 1.1 apply media, techniques, and processes with
  •      1.1.1 skill
  •      1.1.2 confidence
  •      1.1.3 and awareness so that your ideas are executed well
  • 1.2 create art that demonstrates an understanding of how your ideas relate to the
  •      1.2.1 materials
  •      1.2.2 techniques
  •      1.2.3 and processes you use
  • 1.3 communicate ideas clearly
  • 1.4 create, define, and solve visual challenges using
  •      1.4.1 analysis (breaking up the artwork / subject matter to basic elements)
  •      1.4.2 synthesis (put all the parts of a work together to form a whole)
  • 1.4.3 evaluation [critique] (formative and summative reflections about your artwork)

Standard #2: Using knowledge of principles and functions

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 2.1 form criticism about artworks that work to accomplish
  •      2.1.1    commercial
  •      2.1.2    personal
  •      2.1.3    communal
  •      2.1.4    or other meanings
  • 2.2 evaluate the effectiveness of artworks
  • 2.3 create artworks that solve visual challenges
  • 2.4 compare different points of view regarding composition and meaning in artwork
  • 2.5 defend personal evaluations
  • 2.6 create multiple solutions to visual challenges that show understanding in relationships between composition and meaning of artwork

Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 3.1 reflect on how art differs and describe how it relates to history and cultures
  • 3.2 apply subjects, symbols, and ideas in art and use skill to solve visual challenges
  • 3.3 describe the creation of images and ideas and explain why they are of value
  • 3.4 evaluate and defend the validity of sources for ideas
  • 3.5 evaluate and defend how
  •      3.5.1 subject matter
  •      3.5.2 symbols are used in art

Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to art history and cultures

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 4.1 recognize differences in historical and cultural contexts of art
  • 4.2 describe the purpose and meaning of art objects within different cultures, times, and places
  • 4.3 compare relationships in visual art in terms of
  •      4.3.1 history
  •      4.3.2 aesthetics
  •      4.3.3 and culture as it relates to your own art
  • 4.4 evaluate and interpret art for relationships in
  •      4.4.1 form
  •      4.4.2 context
  •      4.4.3 meanings showing understanding of the work of various art professionals*
  • 4.5 look at the qualities of art from various times and cultures to
  •      4.5.1 describe
  •      4.5.2 analyze
  •      4.5.3 interpret
  •      4.5.4 and judge works of art

Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of the visual arts

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 5.1 identify the rationale behind making art
  • 5.2 stand behind your criticism of art\
  • 5.3 describe meanings of artworks by analyzing
  •      5.3.1 techniques
  •      5.3.2 how they relate to history and culture
  • 5.4 reflect on interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating art
  • 5.5 evaluate responses to works of art for communicating
  •      5.5.1 rationale
  •      5.5.2 ideas
  •      5.5.3 opinions

Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

As an art student you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 6.1 compare aspects of the visual arts with aspects of other disciplines
  • 6.2 compare characteristics of the visual arts and other disciplines from history or movements
  • 6.3 use the principles and techniques of art with those from other discipline

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