New York State Learning Standards - Visual Arts

  • Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts

    This is evident, for example, when students:

  • paint a picture in tempera or watercolor in which they depict an experience that they recall.
  • make a ceramic vessel which they decorate with symbols.
  • make a drawing in which they depict three-dimensional space by using overlapping, placement on the picture plane and objects diminishing in size.
  • select a medium for a work of art based on their experience with the medium and their desire that it should look a certain way.
  • work with others to plan and produce a group art work, such as a mural, an illustrated book, a stage design.
  • draw objects from observation and use their imagination to turn those drawings into objects or creatures.
  • use the primary colors of pigment (red, blue, yellow) to paint a picture from nature.
  • Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources

    This is evident, for example, when students:

  • use a draw/paint computer program to create graphic images.
  • visit a museum and write a short report of what they saw.
  • engage a visiting artist in talk about what that artist does, how he/she does it and why.
  • Standard 3: Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

    This is evident, for example, when students:

  • describe what they see in a work of art and tell what they think the work of art is about.
  • describe how lines might imply motion, color might convey emotion and size might suggest distance in selected works of art.
  • show how pattern can be found in a Mondrian painting and in a familiar song.
  • Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

    This is evident, for example, when students:

  • examine the Spanish style of architecture of the Southwest and describe the ways in which that architecture differs from architecture in New England used for the same purposes.
  • discuss the ways in which the depiction of space differs in Egyptian art with the way it is depicted in Renaissance art and conjecture about the reasons for the differences.
  • study the style of the Australian Aboriginal art and create a work using that style but expressing their own ideas about nature and animals.
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