Art I:  Art Foundations

The standards for Art I:  Art Foundations emphasize the development of abilities to recognize visual arts content, concepts, and skills to create, discuss, and understand original works of art.  The standards represent a thematic approach to visual communication and production, cultural context and art history, judgment and criticism, and aesthetics through which students will develop understanding and appreciation for the visual arts.  Students will maintain a portfolio documenting their accomplishments.  Students will select representative work to take to the next level of study.  By the time students complete Art IV, the culminating portfolio will demonstrate quality, breadth of experience, technical skill, concentration, and growth over time.

Visual Communication and Production

 AI.1 The student will maintain a sketchbook/journal of ideas and writings to use as a resource and planning tool.

AI.2 The student will select representative works of art for a portfolio.

AI.3 The student will produce works of art that demonstrate the experimental application of the elements of art and the principles of design.

AI.4 The student will recognize and identify technological developments in the visual arts.

AI.5 The student will demonstrate the use of technology and electronic media as artistic tools.

AI.6 The student will produce works of art that demonstrate an understanding of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art media with emphases on drawing, painting, and sculpture.

AI.7 The student will use a variety of subject matter and symbols to express ideas in works of art.

AI.8 The student will create works of art that are original and represent personal expression.

AI.9 The student will define and practice ethical procedures when producing works of art.

AI.10 The student will demonstrate skill in preparing and displaying works of art.

AI.11 The student will investigate a wide range of careers in the visual arts.

Cultural Context and Art History

AI.12 The student will describe connections between media, elements of art, principles of design, themes, and concepts through historical and contemporary art.

AI.13 The student will describe works of art using appropriate art vocabulary.

AI.14 The student will identify and categorize works of art according to medium, period, style, and artist.

AI.15 The student will identify features of a work of art that influence meaning, including media, subject matter, and formal choices.

AI.16 The student will describe the role of mass media in influencing preference, perception, and communication.

AI.17 The student will describe the function, purpose, and perceived meanings of specific works of art.

AI.18 The student will identify and examine symbols in works of art and discuss possible reasons for their use.

Judgment and Criticism

AI.19 The student will employ critical evaluation skills and use appropriate art vocabulary when evaluating and interpreting works of art.

AI.20 The student will critique works of art with reference to the elements of art and the principles of design.

AI.21 The student will analyze an original work of art by describing, responding, analyzing, interpreting, and judging or evaluating.

AI.22 The student will differentiate between personal preference and informed judgment when discussing works of art.

AI.23 The student will use established criteria to participate in critiques.

AI.24 The student will describe criteria affecting quality in a work of art, including concept, composition, technical skills, realization of perceived intentions, and the work of art as a whole.

AI.25 The student will classify works of art as representational, abstract, nonobjective, and conceptual.


AI.26 The student will discuss how aesthetics are reflected in everyday life.

AI.27 The student will discuss ways that aesthetic responses to works of art differ from judgments.

AI.28 The student will demonstrate in writing the ability to support personal criteria for making visual aesthetic judgments.

AI.29 The student will discuss current problems and issues of the art world.

AI.30 The student will study and describe the aesthetic properties found in works of art.

AI.31 The student will speculate on the intentions and choices of those who created a work of art.

AI.32 The student will discuss art from a variety of aesthetic stances, including formalism, expressionism, contextualism, and imitationalism.