C. Visual Arts Standards

Visual Arts Standards (word)     Visual Arts Standards (pdf)  

Prepared Graduate Competencies in Visual Arts (word)     Prepared Graduate Competencies in Visual Arts (pdf)

VA Grade Level Expectations – I Can (word)     VA Grade Level Expectations – I Can (pdf)

Standards are the topical organization of an academic content area. The four standards of visual arts are:

1. Observe and Learn to Comprehend: Use the visual arts to express, communicate, and make meaning. To perceive art involves studying art; scrutinizing and examining art; recognizing, noticing, and seeing art; distinguishing art forms and subtleties; identifying and detecting art; becoming skilled in and gaining knowledge of art; grasping and realizing art; figuring out art; and sensing and feeling art.

2. Envision and Critique to Reflect: Articulate and implement critical thinking in the visual arts by synthesizing, evaluating, and analyzing visual information. To value art involves visualizing, articulating, and conveying art; thinking about, pondering, and contemplating art; wondering about, assessing, and questioning art concepts and contexts; expressing art; defining the relevance, significance of, and importance of art; and experiencing, interpreting, and justifying the aesthetics of art.

3. Invent and Discover to Create: Generate works of arts that employ unique ideas, feelings, and values using different media, technologies, styles, and forms of expression. To make art involves creating, inventing, conceiving, formulating, and imagining art; communicating, ascertaining, and learning about art; building, crafting, and generating art; assembling and manufacturing art; discovering, fashioning, and producing art; and causing art to exist.

4. Relate and Connect to Transfer:  Recognize, articulate, and validate the value of the visual arts to lifelong learning and the human experience. To respond to art involves relating to art; connecting to art; personally linking to art; associating with art; bonding to art; moving toward art sensibilities; shifting to art orientations; thinking about art; attaching meaning to art; replying to art; reacting to art; internalizing art; personalizing art; and relating art to diverse cultures.

 

Prepared Graduate Competencies in Visual Arts

The preschool through twelfth-grade concepts and skills that all students who complete the Colorado education system must master to ensure their success in a postsecondary and workforce setting. Prepared graduates:

  • Recognize, articulate, and debate that the visual arts are a means for expression
  • Make informed critical evaluations of visual and material culture, information, and technologies
  • Analyze, interpret, and make meaning of art and design critically using oral and written discourse
  • Explain, demonstrate, and interpret a range of purposes of art and design, recognizing that the making and study of art and design can be approached from a variety of viewpoints, intelligences, and perspectives
  • Identify, compare, and interpret works of art derived from historical and cultural settings, time periods, and cultural contexts
  • Identify, compare and justify that the visual arts are a way to acknowledge, exhibit and  learn about the diversity of peoples, cultures and ideas
  • Transfer the value of visual arts to lifelong learning and the human experience
  • Explain, compare and justify that the visual arts are connected to other disciplines, the other art forms, social activities, mass media, and careers in art and non-art related arenas
  • Recognize, interpret, and validate that the creative process builds on the development of ideas through a process of inquiry, discovery, and research
  • Develop and build appropriate mastery in art-making skills, using traditional and new technologies and an understanding of the characteristics and expressive features of art and design
  • Create works of art that articulate more sophisticated ideas, feelings, emotions, and points of view about art and design through an expanded use of media and technologies
  • Recognize, compare, and affirm that the making and study of art and design can be approached from a variety of viewpoints, intelligences, and perspectives
  • Recognize, demonstrate, and debate philosophic arguments about the nature of art and beauty (aesthetics)
  • Recognize, demonstrate, and debate the place of art and design in history and culture
  • Use specific criteria to discuss and evaluate works of art
  • Critique personal work and the work of others with informed criteria
  • Recognize, articulate, and implement critical thinking in the visual arts by synthesizing, evaluating, and analyzing visual information

 

Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations

High School

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual art has inherent characteristics and expressive features

b. Historical and cultural context are found in visual art

c. Art and design have purpose and function

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Reflective strategies are used to understand the creative process

b. A personal philosophy of art is accomplished through use of sophisticated language and studio art processes

c. Interpretation is a means for understanding and evaluating works of art

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Demonstrate competency in traditional and new art media, and apply appropriate and available technology for the expression of ideas

b. Assess and produce art with various materials and methods

c. Make judgments from visual messages

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. The work of art scholars impacts how art is viewed today

b. Communication through advanced visual methods is a necessary skill in everyday life

c. Art is a lifelong endeavor

 

Eighth Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Conceptual art theories explain how works of art are created

b. The history of art, world cultures, and artistic styles influence contemporary art concerns

c, Art criticism strategies are used to analyze, interpret, and make informed judgments about works of art

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual literacy skills help to establish personal meaning and artistic intent in works of art

b. Key concepts, issues, and themes in the visual arts can solve problems using real-world applications

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create       

Grade Level Expectation

a. Achieve artistic purpose to communicate intent

b. Demonstrate technical proficiency and craftsmanship when planning

c. Utilize current and available technology to refine an idea, and create original and imaginative works of art

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual arts are valuable for a variety of art and non-art related lifelong endeavor

b. Cultural traditions and events impact visual arts within a community

c. Visual arts provide an opportunity to explore sustainable environments, design and architecture

 

Seventh Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. The characteristics and expressive features of art and design are used in analyzing and synthesizing the meaning in works of art

b. Understanding works of art involves knowledge of historical and cultural styles, genre, and artists over time

c. Knowledge of art vocabulary is important when critically analyzing works of arts

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual literacy skills are used to create meaning from a variety of information

b. Concepts, issues, and themes in the visual arts can be used to communicate ideas in various other disciplines

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Achieve the ability to plan, anticipate outcomes, and demonstrate craftsmanship in creating a work of art

b. Restructure and apply the technical skills and processes required to achieve desired results in producing works of art

c. Use of various media, materials, and tools to express specific meaning in works of art

d. Utilize current, available technology as a primary medium to create original works of art

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Critical thinking in the arts transfers to multiple uses in life

b. The visual arts community messages its cultural traditions and events

c. Art and design strategies can solve environmental problems

 

Sixth Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. The characteristics and expressive features of art and design are used in unique ways to respond to two- and three-dimensional art

b. Art created across time and cultures can exhibit stylistic differences and commonalities

c. Specific art vocabulary is used to describe, analyze, and interpret works of art

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual symbols and metaphors can be used to create visual expression

b. Key concepts, issues, and themes connect the visual arts to other disciplines such as the humanities, sciences, mathematics, social studies, and technology

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Plan the creation of a work of art

b. Explore various media, materials, and techniques used to create works of art

c. Utilize current, available technology to refine ideas in works of art

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Critical thinking in the arts transfers to multiple lifelong endeavors

b. Visual arts impact community, cultural traditions, and events

c. Eco-art is a contemporary response to environmental issues

 

Fifth Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual arts connect multiple characteristics of art

b. Visual arts communicate the human experience

c. Visual arts learning involves analyzing the formal and sensory qualities of art

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Evaluative criteria is used when responding to works of art

b. Specific methods of planning support the development of intended meaning

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Use artistic media and expression to communicate personal and objective points of view

b. Create art using technological media

c. Apply an understanding of art processes and creative thinking to plan and create art

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists, viewers, and patrons assign intended meaning to works of art

b. Artists, viewers, and patrons respond to art from familiar and unfamiliar cultures

 

Fourth Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists and viewers determine artistic intent by comparing and contrasting the characteristics and expressive features of art and design

b. Works of art articulate and express different points of view

c. Artists, viewers and patrons respond to works of art using inference and empathy

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. The critique process informs judgments about artistic and aesthetic merits in works of art

b.The processes and philosophies of art and design inform interpretations in works of art

Standard 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Use media to express and communicate ideas about an issue of personal interest

b. Materials and processes can be used in traditional, unique, and inventive ways

Standard 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Viewers and patrons make personal meaning and infer artistic intent

b. Historical time periods and cultural settings are interpreted in works of art

 

Third Grade

Standard 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. The identification of characteristics and expressive features in works of art and design help to determine artistic intent

b. Art has intent and purpose

Standard 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists, viewers, and patrons use the language of art to respond to their own art and the art of others

b. Artists, viewers, and patrons make connections among the characteristics, expressive features, and purposes of art and design

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Use basic media to express ideas through the art-making process

b. Demonstrate basic studio skills

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Works of art connect individual ideas to make meaning b Historical and cultural ideas are evident in works of art

 

Second Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists make choices that communicate ideas in works of art

b. Characteristics and expressive features of art and design are used to identify and discuss works of art

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual arts use various literacies to convey intended meaning

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Use familiar symbols to identify and demonstrate characteristics and expressive features of art and design

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a.Visual arts respond to human experience by relating art to the community

 

First Grade

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Works of art express feelings

b. Art represents and renders the stories of people, places, or things

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual arts provide opportunities to respond to personal works of art and the art of others

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Create art to communicate ideas, feelings, or emotions

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Visual arts relate experiences to self, family, and friends

 

Kindergarten

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists and viewers recognize characteristics and expressive features within works of art

b. Personal feelings are described in and through works of art

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Identify that art represents and tells the stories of people, places, or things

b. Artists interpret connections to the stories told in and by works of art

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Create two- and three-dimensional work of art based on person relevance

Standard: 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a, Artists and viewers contribute and connect to their communities

 

Preschool

Standard: 1.  Observe and Learn to Comprehend

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists and viewers identify art in daily life

Standard: 2.  Envision and Critique to Reflect

Grade Level Expectation

a. Works of art can represent people, places, and things

Standard: 3.  Invent and Discover to Create

Grade Level Expectation

a. Create works of art based on personal relevance

Standard 4.  Relate and Connect to Transfer

Grade Level Expectation

a. Artists have an important role in communities

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