The GPS for Visual Arts K - 5th Grade:
Meaning and Creative Thinking
Students engage in the creative process, open-ended inquiry, problem-soloving and aesthetic understanding through development and examination of their own art works and the art works of others(National Standards 2 &3). Students develop creativity, critical-thinking, perceptual awareness, and problem solving skills through this critical and creative exposure to artworks. Students engage in aesthetic dialogue, considering "essential questions" of art, making effort toward constructing meaning as a they encounter and produce works of art. Evidence may be documented through journal keeping, brainstorming lists, project development, and in the course of conversations.
Students understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture. (National Standard 4). Students recognize the impact of art on history and different cultures and how history and culture have influenced art. Students plan for and participate in a variety of activities that promote personal engagement and deep knowledge in the study of art history and culture.
Students create artworks by applying media, techniques, and processes to fromulate and express their own ideas and conceptual understandings (National Standard 1). Experiencing the role of the artist, students apply media, techniques, and processes working toward development of sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity to carry out their intentions in their artwork. Through experience in a range of art processes, use of a variety of materials, and development of a repertoire of techniques, students learn to communicate ideas. Media/techniques should include, but are not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, printmaking, and digital media art techniques. Students should be engaged in well-rounded studio art experiences.
Assessment and Reflection
Students critique works of art, reflection upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their own work and the art work of others (National Standard 5). Students learn to describe and assess the materials, techniques, and processes used to complete a finished artwork. They demonstrate the ability to reflect upon and interpret the construction of meaning in their work and the work of others. Interacting with peers, they express and validate personal viewpoint and offer constructive criticism.
Students make connections to other disciplines and to the world around them through the visual arts (National Standard 6). Students make connections from the world of art to other areas of learning and personal endeavor. Students derive inspiration for art from a variety of content areas. They inform their study and production of art by integrating information and skills from other disciplines and areas of knowledge such as math, reading, English Language Arts, social studies, science, world languages, music, dance, theater, physical education, career awareness and technology into his or her artwork.