Visual Arts

From the Virginia Standards of Learning:
The content of the Visual Arts Standards of Learning is intended to support the following goals for students:
    • Select and use art media, subject matter, and symbols for expression and communication.
    • Demonstrate understanding of and apply the elements of art and the principles of design and the ways they are used in the visual arts.
    • Solve visual arts problems with originality, flexibility, fluency, and imagination.
    • Develop understanding of the relationship of the visual arts to history, culture, and other fields of knowledge.
    • Use materials, methods, information, and technology in a safe and ethical manner.
    • Interpret, reflect upon, and evaluate the characteristics, purposes, and merits of their work and the work of others.
    • Identify, analyze, and apply criteria for making visual aesthetic judgments of their work and the work of others.
    • Develop aesthetic awareness and a personal philosophy regarding the nature of, meanings in, and values in the visual arts.
    • Develop understanding and appreciation of the roles, opportunities, and careers in the visual arts and related areas.
    • Develop awareness of copyright and royalty requirements when exhibiting, producing, or otherwise using the works of others.

Visual Communication and Production
Students will develop and communicate ideas by creating works of art. They will develop fluency in visual, oral, and written communication, using art vocabulary and concepts. Through art production, students will express ideas and feelings in two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms and gain respect for their own work and the work of others. Students also will demonstrate safe and ethical practices in the use of art materials, tools, techniques, and processes.

Cultural Context and Art History
Students will develop understanding of the visual arts in relation to history and cultures by investigating works of art from different times and places. Through the study of works of art and the people who produced them, students will learn to understand the role the visual arts play in communicating historical and cultural beliefs and ideas.

Judgment and Criticism
Students will examine works of art and make informed judgments about them based on established visual arts criteria. Through the understanding of visual arts principles and processes, they will be able to use a variety of strategies to analyze the visual qualities and interpret the meanings of works of art. They will also employ critical evaluation skills in the production of their works of art.

Students will reflect on and analyze their personal responses to the expressive and communicative qualities of works of art. They will understand that their background, knowledge, and experiences influence their perceptions of works of art. Through the examination of issues related to the visual arts, students will draw conclusions and reflect on the nature, meaning, and value of art, based on their dual roles as both creator and viewer of art. They will learn to recognize the difference between personal opinion and informed judgment when reflecting on, discussing, and responding to visual imagery.
Byron Bishop,
Jun 6, 2016, 11:07 AM