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Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 09-12 - Visual Arts


Explore works of art and/or design that demonstrate basic technical skills and craftsmanship with various art media used to create images from observation, memory, and imagination.

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

  • Brainstorm: word association, thumbnail sketches, preliminary drawing, etc.
  • Discuss traditional media: Painting, Printmaking, Drawing, Ceramics, etc.
  • Discuss contemporary media: Multi-media, Mixed Media, Digital Photography, etc.
  • Implement the elements of art and principles of design when creating a graphite drawing.
  • Use a variety of techniques to create textures in a slab constructed ceramic piece.
  • Ensure that pencil lines, and fingerprints are erased, glued areas clean, with all media.
  • Apply the elements of art and principles of design in the production of two - and three-dimensional artwork.
  • Demonstrate the use of traditional, digital, and multimedia techniques to create a works of art such as comic strips, timelines, or the enhancement of images in imaging programs.
  • Demonstrate the use of three -dimensional expression in masks, puppets, dioramas, mobiles, etc.
  • Demonstrate safe and responsible handling of art materials, including cleanup, storage, and replenishment of supplies where applicable.
  • Identify safety and environmental regulations.
  • Collaboratively or independently review, based on stated criteria, one's portfolio of artwork for selected presentation for a school art exhibit.
  • Create an artist statement based on their body of artwork that demonstrates growth and achievement in the artistic processes.


  • Artistic processes
  • Traditional Media
  • Contemporary Media
  • Craftsmanship
  • Experimentation
  • Aesthetics
  • Perception
  • Scale
  • Proportion
  • Develop artistic ideas and work
  • Build upon prior knowledge
  • Explore creative art-making goals
  • Communicate ideas
  • Artists create works of art that implement the art elements and principles of design - regardless if the artwork is traditional or contemporary.
  • Artists employ technical skills and craftsmanship when creating works of art.
  • Artists act responsibly when handling of tools and materials, following safety guidelines and are conscious of the environment which they work.
  • Artists reflect and revise upon their artwork throughout the creative process.
  • Develop excellence through practice and constructive critique.

Anchor Standards

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