Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 7 - 12, Visual Arts: Level II, 2006

1.) Create works of art with a variety of visual relationships.

•  Organizing formal relationships in works of art
Examples: color contrasts, differences in shape and size, repetition of textures and patterns

•  Organizing subject relationships in works of art
Examples: mother and child, man-made objects in a landscape

•  Describing how visual relationships create meaning in works of art
2.) Produce works of art using a variety of techniques.

•  Determining the appropriateness of techniques used to create a work of art
•  Demonstrating technical proficiency in the production and presentation of a work of art
Examples: skillful use of printmaking tools, properly matting two-dimensional works of art

3.) Demonstrate safe handling of tools according to studio and environmental practices, procedures, and regulations.

Examples: properly using and disposing of hazardous chemicals or fluids, using flame-retardant cabinets, utilizing ventilation systems

4.) Evaluate student works of art orally or in writing according to specified criteria.

•  Identifying criteria for judging works of art
Examples: craftsmanship, originality, technique, content

•  Comparing a finished personal work of art with its intended content or design
5.) Describe various artistic contributions to environmental and social issues.

Examples: Frederic Olmstead's design of Central Park, Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water, Jacob Lawrence's Migration series

•  Explaining the role of works of art placed in the environment
Examples: Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Lin's Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama; AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) Quilt Memorial; Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

6.) Produce a reflective narrative that critically analyzes selected works of art.

•  Identifying the elements of art and principles of design
•  Interpreting the subject matter, purpose, and expressive content of a work of art
7.) Use appropriate visual arts terminology in response to works of art, including the elements of art and principles of design.

8.) Describe stylistic characteristics of selected works of art and architecture.

Examples: Raphael's (Raffaello Sanzio) Madonnas in the High Renaissance, Cathedral of Notre Dame in Gothic architecture, Charles Demuth's painting I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

•  Analyzing major works of art and architecture from various cultures, times, and places to understand forms, subjects, themes, and symbols
Examples: Parthenon in Athens, Greece; Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

•  Using a variety of resource media in researching stylistic characteristics of selected art, artists, cultures, times, and places
Example: creating a multimedia presentation, storyboard, poster, or research paper to identify characteristics of Jacob Lawrence's Harlem series paintings

9.) Identify various uses of the visual arts in business and industry.

Examples: developing logos and advertisements, designing buildings and other structures

•  Identifying arts careers in business and industry

- dance--choreographer, dance educator;

- music--conductor, composer;

- theatre--set designer, artistic director;

- visual arts--textile designer, museum curator

10.) Compare ways of producing, responding, and understanding in the visual arts with other arts disciplines, the humanities, and other academic subject areas.

Examples: process of writing compared to process of forming works of art; rhythms in visual arts, dance, and music compared to rhythms in poetry; color theory in art compared to color theory in science