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


Explore and create works of art and/or design that demonstrate increased technical skill and craftsmanship with various art media to explore a theme, idea, or concept.

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

  • Use drawing skills and techniques as well as a variety of media to create a series of artworks based upon one's personal narrative.
  • Use perceptual skills (to create imagery from observation), imagination, and forming skills to achieve specific purposes in drawing and painting.
  • Use a variety of photographic and digital media techniques to develop compositions for the purposes of expression.
  • Select materials and processes and apply techniques and attributes of other artists and cultures to create original works of art.
  • Create and interpret an artwork that reflects the influences of a particular artist style, culture, or time.
  • Use a wide variety of found objects to create a work of art around a personal theme in the manner of artist Thornton Dial.
  • Create a series of artworks (sculptures, paintings) based upon the human figure.
  • Discuss the differences between art as practice (copying a masterwork, comic art, etc.) and art as a personal original creation.
  • Understand the importance of signing and dating original artwork.
  • Create a drawing or photograph that reflects the traditions and ideals of one's school.
  • Create and install an original work of art for a public space that reflects a social or cultural issue.
  • Redesign a public space (playground) that includes special needs children.
  • Create a sketch book that reflects ideas, themes, experimentation and growth.


  • Portraiture
  • Figures
  • Landscapes
  • Cityscapes
  • Everyday Life
  • Social Issues
  • Personal History
  • Conceptual/ Text-based Art
  • Image Appropriation
  • Conceptual Art
  • Reflection
  • Innovative thing are essential life skills.
  • Understanding contexts, histories and traditions that lead artists to break established traditions.
  • Experimentation of various art forms to express visual communication.
  • Responsible and ethical use of resources is essential when creating works of art.
  • People interact and perceive various art works in many different ways.

Anchor Standards

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