2nd Grade GPS
VA2MC.1 Engages in the creative process to generate and visualize ideas.
a. Generates visual images in response to open-ended prompts, themes, and narratives.
VA2MC.2 Formulates personal responses.
a. Produces multiple interpretations for an object or image.
b. Revises artwork in response to unanticipated insights and discoveries.
VA2MC.3 Selects and uses subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
a. Discusses uses of symbols and cultural icons in artwork.
b. Mentally envisions what cannot be directly observed (e.g., depicting imaginary worlds, fantastic machines, unusual creatures).
c. Generates new images and meaning by using visual analogy and metaphor (e.g., seeing a cloud as an animal).
d. Observes how the visual relationship of objects and ideas affects meaning and/or significance.
VA2CU.1 Identifies artists as creative thinkers who make art and share their ideas.
a. Recognizes unique contributions of contemporary and historical Georgia artists and art forms.
b. Creates artwork that explores ideas, issues, and events from current and past cultures.
VA2CU.2 Views and discusses selected artworks.
a. Names subject and theme.
b. Uses context clues to identify time and place.
c. Theorizes and suggests how culture and environment provide inspiration for creating artworks.
d. Recognizes media and technique.
e. Observes and discusses simple perspective techniques (e.g., diminishing size, overlapping, placement on the picture plane).
VA2PR.1 Creates artworks based on personal experience and selected themes.
a. Creates artworks to express individual ideas, thoughts, and feelings from memory, imagination, and observation.
b. Creates artworks emphasizing one or more elements of art (e.g., space, line, shape, form, color, value, texture) and principles of design (e.g., balance,
c. Combines materials in new and inventive ways to make a finished work of art.
VA2PR.2 Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes of two-dimensional art processes
(drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed-media) using tools and materials in a safe and appropriate manner to develop skills.
a. Creates drawings with a variety of media (e.g., pencils, crayons, pastels).
b. Creates landscape with a horizon line.
c. Creates paintings with a variety of media (e.g., tempera, watercolor).
d. Mixes colors intentionally to create specific new colors.
e. Mixes white with colors to create tints and black with colors to create shades (values).
f. Creates prints using mono-printing or relief techniques.
g. Develops craft techniques (e.g., collage, stitchery, weaving).
VA2PR.3 Understands and applies media, techniques, and processes of three-dimensional works of art
(ceramics, sculpture, crafts, and mixed-media) using tools and materials in a safe and appropriate manner to develop skills.
a. Creates ceramic objects incorporating basic additive method.
b. Creates sculpture using a variety of materials and methods (e.g., papier-mâché, paper sculpture, assemblage, found objects).
c. Creates composition using traditional and/or contemporary craft methods (e.g., weaving, stitchery, and jewelry).
VA2PR.4 Participates in appropriate exhibition(s) of artworks.
a. Writes a title that describes his or her finished work of art.
b. Writes an artist’s statement by reflecting on finished artwork.
c. Signs a finished work of art.
d. Views displayed artwork.
VA2AR.1 Discusses his or her artwork and the artwork of others.
a. Demonstrates a respect for art forms and art objects.
b. Identifies the differences between photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures.
c. Uses art terminology with emphasis on the elements of art: line, shape, form, color, space, and texture.
d. Differentiates horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines.
e. Uses art terminology with emphasis on the principles of design: contrast, rhythm/movement, and pattern/repetition.
f. Recognizes that lines can show rhythm and movement.
g. Demonstrates that shape/forms can have balance (e.g., symmetrical, asymmetrical).
h. Identifies geometric and non-geometric shapes and forms in artwork.
i. Describes colors as warm or cool.
j. Identifies value as the lightness or darkness of a color.
k. Distinguishes between 2-D shapes and 3-D forms.
l. Explains how space is either positive or negative.
m. Identifies symmetrical (formal) and radial balance in artworks and in nature.
n. Distinguishes between the textures of materials, such as fabric, yarn, paper, clay, and
o. Recognizes that texture can be visual and/or tactile.
p. Describes how repeated colors, lines, shapes, forms, or textures can make a pattern in an artwork.
VA2AR.2 Uses a variety of approaches to understand and critique works of art.
a. Describes his or her artwork, revealing subject, story, and intention.
b. Discusses and compares his or her definition of art with that of others.
c. Compares and contrasts artworks based on subject, theme, and/or elements.
d. Expresses preference for one of two or three artworks.
VA2C.1 Applies information from other disciplines to enhance the understanding and production of artworks.
a. Explores and creates art inspired by ideas from literature, science, music, and/or math.
b. Creates works of art inspired by universal themes (e.g., self, family, community, world).
VA2C.2 Develops life skills through the study and production of art.
a. Manages goals and time.
b. Adapts to change.
c. Works in teams.
d. Guides and leads others.