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VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS (USA)   

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National Standards have been established for arts education in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. National Visual Arts Standards are as follows.

Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

  • Students know the difference between materials, techniques and processes.
  • Students describe how different materials, techniques and processes cause different responses.
  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • Students use art materials and tools in safe and responsible manner.

Using knowledge of structures and functions

  • Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.
  • Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.
  • Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.

Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas

  • Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

  • Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places.
  • Students demonstrate how history, culture and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art.

Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their [a student's own] work and the work of others

  • Students understand that there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.
  • Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks.
  • Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks.

Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

  • Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines.
  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

For more information, visit the National Art Education Association website.

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