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Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 8 - Visual Arts


Engage, experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meaning that emerge in the process of creating art.

Unpacked Content

Essential Questions

EU: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and artmaking approaches.
EQ: How do artists work? How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective? How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

Skills Examples

  • Create a pre-drawing self-portrait at the beginning of a drawing unit and compare it to a finished self-portrait at the end of the unit.
  • Write a survey at the beginning of a course to communicate prior knowledge and apprehensions of creating artwork and skill levels. At the end of the course review the survey to reflect on progress.
  • Collaborate with other students to create a legacy project, communication-based posters or a mural.
  • Collaboratively or individually compare, contrast and investigate self -portraits and social media selfies.
  • Create an artwork that explores new techniques, with the understanding that the artwork is experimental.
  • After exploring Tibetan sand mandalas, write a reflection, that highlights the importance of the process over product.
  • Discuss, examine and describe the use and misuses of appropriating (plagiarizing) copyrighted artworks and designs.
  • Describe the difference between the intent of graffiti vandalism and urban street art and the effects on various communities- compare defacing with creating.
  • Create an artwork implementing ideas, organizational elements, foundations, skills, and techniques of visual art in a traditional and/or digital method.
  • Engage - for the purposes of personal reflection and on-going improvement, group critiques.
  • Create a rubric with teacher input to be used for evaluation purposes.


  • Creative Processes
  • Organize and develop ideas
  • Traditional Media
  • Contemporary Media
  • Fair Use
  • Open Source
  • Creative Commons
  • Develop artistic ideas
  • Plagiarizing
  • Graffiti
  • Defacing
  • Criteria
  • Refine and complete artistic work
  • Archival
  • Criteria
  • Cultural Context
  • Body of Artwork
  • Collaborate
  • Medium/ Media
  • Genre

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.