NYS Learning Standards for the Arts

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    Standard 1:  Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts
    A.) experiment and create art works, in a variety of mediums (drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, video, and computer graphics), based on a range of individual and collective experiences.
    B.) develop their own ideas and images through the exploration and creation of art works based on themes, symbols and events.
    C.) understand and use the elements and principals of art (line, color, texture, shape) in order to communicate their ideas.
    D.) reveal through their own art work understanding of how art mediums and techniques influence their creative decisions.
    E.) identify and use, in individual and group experiences, some of the roles and means for designing, producing, and exhibiting works of art.

    Standard 2:  Knowing and Using Art Materials and Resources
    A.) understand the characteristics of various mediums (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, electronic images) in order to select those that are appropriate for their purposes and intent.
    B.) develop skills with electronic media as a means of expressing visual ideas.
    C.) know about some cultural institutions (museums and galleries) and community opportunities (art festivals) for looking at original art and talking to visiting artists, to increase their understanding of art.
    D.) give examples of adults who make their living in the arts professions.

    Standard 3:  Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art
    A.) explain their reflections about the meanings, purposes, and sources of works of art; describe their responses to the works and the reasons for those responses.
    B.) explain the visual and other sensory qualities (surface, colors, textures, shape, sizes, volumes) found in a wide variety of art works.
    C.) explain the themes that are found in works of visual art and how the art works are related to other forms of art (dance, music, theatre, etc.).
    D.) explain how ideas, themes, or concepts in the visual arts are expressed in other disciplines (e.g., math, science, literature, social studies, etc.).

    Standard 4:  Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts
    A.) look at and discuss a variety of art works and artifacts from world cultures to discover some important ideas, issues, and events of those cultures.
    B.) look at a variety of art work and artifacts from diverse cultures of the United States and identify some of the distinguishing characteristics.
    C.) create art works that show the influence of a particular culture.