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Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 7 - Visual Arts

Develop and implement criteria to guide making a work of art or design to meet an identified goal.

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Essential Questions

EU: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
EQ: How does knowing the contexts, histories, and traditions of art forms help create works of art and design? Why do artists follow or break from established traditions? How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?

Skills Examples

  • Demonstrate how to create a think -map to assist with creative blocks.
  • Discuss collaboratively various ideas and innovations that can overcome the creative block and develop ideas.
  • Look at examples of work by student and/artists to gain inspiration.
  • Develop and apply critical thinking skills to create a work of art that communicates an identified goal.
  • Work alone or collaboratively to design a travel poster.
  • Demonstrate perseverance in order to create high quality works of art.
  • Plan, sketch and revise in the process of creating a work of art.
  • Demonstrate various techniques in watercolor painting such as wet-on-wet, dry brush, wet-on-dry, and flat wash.
  • Examine and describe the use and misuse of the practice of appropriating copyrighted artworks and designs in their artwork.
  • Demonstrate care of materials, tools, and equipment when creating works of art.
  • Use visual organization skills to design a flyer for a community function.
  • Write an artist statement for a body of one's own original completed artwork.
  • Demonstrate visual arts vocabulary in an artist's journal when reflecting on their own processes and artwork.


  • Artistic processes
  • Various approaches to art making
  • Artist statement
  • Copyright Laws
  • Fair Use Responsibility
  • Plagiarize
  • Reflecting
  • Revising
  • Audience and Purpose
  • Critique
  • Visual Organization
  • Context
  • Technology
  • Mount

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.