Curriculum and Learning Standards

  • The curriculum for the Visual Arts is based on the New York State Standards for the Arts, which includes a series of performance tasks which will be implemented at each grade level.

    In addition, to help students meet the requirements for ELA and Math, some Common Core Standards will be implemented when possible.

    Below is a look at the NY State Learning Standards, including the Performance Indicators, which specifies what every student will be required to do by the end of eighth grade.


    (Standard 1) VA.I.01 ~ STUDENTS WILL ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN THE PROCESSES THAT CONSTITUTE CREATION AND PERFORMANCE IN THE ARTS (DANCE, MUSIC, THEATRE, AND VISUAL ARTS) AND PARTICIPATE IN VARIOUS ROLES IN THE ARTS.

    Performance Indicators:

    VA.I.01.PI.A.01 ~ Produce a collection of art works, in a variety of mediums, based on a range of individual and collective experiences

    VA.I.01.PI.A.02 ~ Know and use a variety of sources for developing and conveying ideas, images, themes, symbols, and events in their creation of art

    VA.I.01.PI.A.03 ~ Use the elements and principles of art to communicate specific meanings to others in their art work

    VA.I.01.PI.A.04 ~ During the creative process, reflect on the effectiveness of selected mediums or techniques to convey intended meanings

    VA.I.01.PI.A.05 ~ Identify and use, in individual and group experiences, some of the roles and means for designing, producing, and exhibiting art works and discuss ways to improve them


    (Standard 2) VA.I.02 ~ STUDENTS WILL BE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT AND MAKE USE OF THE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR PARTICIPATION IN ARTS IN VARIOUS ROLES.

    Performance Indicators:

    VA.I.02.PI.A.01 ~ Develop skills with a variety of art materials and competence in at least one medium

    VA.I.02.PI.A.02 ~ Use the computer and other electronic media as design tools and to communicate visual ideas

    VA.I.02.PI.A.03 ~ Take advantage of community opportunities and cultural institutions to learn from professional artists, look at original art, and increase their understanding of art

    VA.I.02.PI.A.04 ~ Understand the variety of careers related to the visual arts and the skills necessary to pursue some of them


    (Standard 3) VA.I.03 ~ STUDENTS WILL RESPOND CRITICALLY TO A VARIETY OF WORKS IN THE ARTS, CONNECTING THE INDIVIDUAL WORK TO OTHER WORKS AND TO OTHER ASPECTS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR AND THOUGHT.

    Performance Indicators:

    VA.I.03.PI.A.01 ~ Discuss and write their analyses and interpretations of their own works of art and the art of others, using appropriate critical language

    VA.I.03.PI.A.02 ~ Identify, analyze and interpret the visual and sensory characteristics that they discover in natural and human-made forms

    VA.I.03.PI.A.03 ~ Compare the ways ideas and concepts are communicated through visual art with the various ways that those ideas and concepts are manifested in other art forms

    VA.I.03.PI.A.04 ~ Compare the ways ideas, themes, and concepts are communicated through the visual arts in other disciplines, and the various ways that those ideas, themes, and concepts are manifested within the discipline


    (Standard 4) VA.I.04 ~ STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PERSONAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPE ARTISTIC COMMUNICATION AND HOW THE ARTS IN TURN SHAPE THE DIVERSE CULTURES OF PAST AND PRESENT SOCIETY.

    Performance Indicators:

    VA.I.04.PI.A.01 ~ Demonstrate how art works and artifacts from diverse world cultures reflect aspects of those cultures

    VA.I.04.PI.A.02 ~ Demonstrate the ways in which some particular art works and artifacts reflect important aspects of the diverse cultures of the United States

    VA.I.04.PI.A.03 ~ Create art works that reflect a particular historical period of a culture