Illinois Learning Standards
Stage A - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Recognize various types of lines in given art works (e.g.,
thick/thin, long/short, straight/curved).
- Discover shapes in a given art work (e.g., circle, square,
- Recognize open shapes and closed space.
- Recognize the correct order of the spectrum (e.g., create
a rainbow using colors in the correct order).
- Distinguish between rough and smooth textures.
- Identify simple patterns (e.g., AB, AA, BB, ABA).
- Recognize direction in an art work (e.g., up and down,
back and forth, across).
- Name the mood or emotion shown in an art work (e.g., happy,
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Name one way each art form is different from the others
(e.g., music and drama use voice; dance and visual arts
- Describe the theme, idea, feeling, or story within an
art work (e.g., mood in "Starry Night", Peer Gynt
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Name simple materials used to paint, draw, and construct.
- Select the correct tools necessary to create a 2-D or
- Use appropriate tools (e.g., brushes, scissors, clay modeling
tools) correctly with simple materials when creating an
- Demonstrate the safe use of materials and tools.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Manipulate a variety of materials to create 2-D or 3-D
- Demonstrate eye/hand coordination when using tools and
materials to create an art work.
- Demonstrate the use of originality/imagination when creating
an art work.
- Construct a sculpture that expresses an idea about people.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Listen attentively to and observe performances and art
- Name one occupation associated with each art form (e.g.,
actor, painter, dancer, musician).
- Name the four fine arts.
- Identify ways arts are used in celebration's.
- Interpret movements, sounds, and visual images in art
works made by self and others.
- Tell about a personal experience in the arts.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Connect images and sounds from a work of art to stories
about people and everyday life.
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Assessments and Performance Descriptors