Illinois Learning Standards

Stage D - Fine Arts—Visual Arts


25A —

Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.
  1. Describe the use of line in gesture drawing.
  2. Identify the positive and negative space in an art work.
  3. Distinguish between 2-D and 3-D art works.
  4. Explain the importance of the light source in creating light and shadow.
  5. Construct a color wheel in a given media (e.g., cut or torn paper, paint, oil pastels).
  6. Recognize rhythm created through the repetition of sensory elements (e.g., the squares of Mondrain).
  7. Recognize the relationship of parts to the whole in an art work.
  8. Demonstrate the use of radial balance in a 2-D art work.
  9. Identify symbols from everyday life in given art work.
  10. Compare mood in several portraits of famous people.
  11. Illustrate an original story (e.g., Young Authors).

25B —

Students who meet the standard understand the similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
  1. Use the vocabulary of elements, principles, and tools when describing a work of art.
  2. Plan and create a work of art that expresses a specific idea, mood, or emotion using defined elements, principles, and tools.

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Choose the correct tools to apply specific media to a given surface (e.g., Tools: brushes, pencils, scissors; Media: markers, tempera, watercolors, clay/plasticene; Surfaces: paper, canvas, board).
  2. Match the processes used with simple tools (e.g., applying paint, modeling clay).
  3. Describe and demonstrate how two materials (e.g., crayon and chalk) are used to achieve different effects depicting a similar idea.
  4. Select a specific art material to communicate a given idea (e.g., pen
  5. line to create hair).
  6. Differentiate among photographs, paintings, weavings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture.
  7. Demonstrate fundamental processes in a variety of visual art forms (e.g., painting, weaving).

26B —

Students who meet the standard can apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.
  1. Visually express a verbal or written idea (e.g., illustrate an original story).
  2. Use a sketchbook to record ideas and designs.
  3. Draw from natural objects (e.g., figure, animal, fish) using a monochromatic color scheme.
  4. Design a pattern of geometric shapes and render it in a 3-D object.
  5. Draw manufactured or natural objects from direct observation.
  6. Create the illusion of depth in a 2-D art work (e.g., overlap, size change, placement).
  7. Construct a plan for a work of art using research.

27A —

Students who meet the standard can analyze how the arts function in history, society and everyday life.
  1. Evaluate audience behaviors of self and others.
  2. React to performances/ art works in a respectful, constructive, and supportive manner.
  3. Describe the roles of artists in society (e.g. historian, critic, entertainer, inventor).
  4. Describe a variety of places where the arts are produced, performed, or displayed.
  5. Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play a part in everyday life (e.g., architecture, landscape design, political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
  6. Explain how the arts are used in commercial applications (e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial design).
  7. Describe occupations that are related to the arts (e.g., landscape architect, political cartoonist, fashion designer, sound engineer).

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Investigate the ways various people (present and past) use the arts to celebrate similar events (e.g., celebrations, festivals, seasons).
  2. List significant contributions made by artists in several art forms.

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