Illinois Learning Standards

Stage E - Fine Arts—Visual Arts


25A —

Students who meet the standard understand the sensory elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities of the arts.
  1. Distinguish between figure and ground in a still life composition.
  2. Differentiate between positive and negative spaces in a sculpture.
  3. Describe value and line and how they transform shapes to 3-D forms.
  4. Distinguish the light and dark values of a color using a monochromatic scale.
  5. Recognize a repeated element that creates a random rhythm (e.g., crazy quilt).
  6. Recognize variation in size and proportion to express an idea (e.g., Giacommetti's, Botero's, and Tatlin's sculptures).
  7. Identify universal symbols from every day life.
  8. Describe the moods depicted in a variety of art works with the same subjects (e.g., landscapes, still life).

25B —

Students who meet the standard understand the similarities, distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
  1. Explain how elements, principles, and tools are combined to express an idea in a work of art.
  2. Explain why specific elements, principles, and tools were used in a work of art created by the student or another artist.

26A —

Students who meet the standard understand processes, traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
  1. Select and use appropriate tools and materials to create in 2-D and 3-D (e.g., Tools: pens, fine and coarse brushes; Materials: scratch board, styrofoam).
  2. Explain the processes used with specific tools (e.g., clay sculpture: coil, slab; chalk: smudge, rubbing).
  3. Recognize the different characteristics of similar materials (e.g., watercolor/tempera; plasticene clay/fire clay; crayon/chalk).
  4. Describe and/or demonstrate how the same idea is executed in 2-D and 3-D media.
  5. Describe or demonstrate tools and processes of printmaking (e.g., block, mono, stamp, vegetable printing).
  6. Describe or demonstrate the process of weaving (e.g., paper weaving, cardboard, loom).
  7. Describe or demonstrate the process of photography (e.g., camera, darkroom, paper prints).
  8. Describe or demonstrate various processes that can be used to create sculpture (e.g., clay, paper mache, found objects).

26B —

Students who meet the standard can apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.
  1. Create a cartoon strip with a sequence of actions.
  2. Draw a still life composed of objects based on mechanical forms (e.g., balls, boxes, blocks, cups) demonstrating overlap and placement.
  3. Sketch and build a sculpture from a 2-D drawing.
  4. Design an architectural structure from imagination.
  5. Draw a building from observation using geometric shapes and forms.
  6. Create the illusion of depth in a 2-D art work (e.g., overlap, size change, placement, color change, detail).
  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. Explain how works of art relate to the environment where they are performed or displayed and how the space affects the art works (e.g., outdoor sculpture, murals, theatre in the round, dancing in a parade vs. on a stage).
  3. Describe how the site (e.g., outdoor art fair vs. museum, half-time show at a sporting event vs. symphony hall) influences who the audience is and the way the audience responds.
  4. Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play a part in everyday life (e.g. education, architecture, landscape design, political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
  5. Analyze how the arts are used in commercial applications (e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial design).
  6. Categorize types of artists with their art and art related products or performances (e.g., commercial artist, artistic directors).

27B —

Students who meet the standard understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
  1. Describe how the same idea is expressed in works of art (e.g., portraits, wedding dances, national anthems) from different cultures, times, or places.
  2. Compare the ways different cultures, times, or places use materials to produce works of art (e.g., musical instruments, masks, puppets, pottery, textiles).
  3. List artists who have made significant contributions and describe their ideas.

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