Illinois Learning Standards
Stage F - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Distinguish between figure and ground in a still life
- Differentiate between positive and negative spaces in
- Explain the illusion of a 3-D object drawn on a flat surface.
- Recognize color schemes in a work of art.
- Construct a color wheel, which consists of primary, secondary,
and intermediate colors.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ability of line to
create value and surface change.
- Locate contrast in 2-D and 3-D art works (e.g., light
to dark, big to small).
- Select and describe expressive qualities that contribute
to subject matter in an art work.
- Compare similar symbols in a 2-D or 3-D art work (e.g.,
flags, traffic signs, logos).
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Analyze how the artistic components (i.e., elements, principles,
expressive ideas; tools, processes, technologies; creative
processes) are combined within a work of art.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Recognize similar characteristics among a range of 2-D
or 3-D media (e.g., watercolor/tempera, plasticene clay/fire
- Explain how tools, processes, and materials combine to
create specific effects in a 2-D art work (e.g., foam or
bristle brushes, q-tips or sticks to apply paint).
- Select specific tools, materials, and processes to communicate
an idea in a 2-D and 3-D art work.
- Demonstrate a variety of processes using art making tools
and materials to create a 2-D or 3-D art work (e.g., drawing,
- Distinguish among the processes of film, animation, and
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Create functional objects from a variety of materials
(e.g., clay, metal, fiber).
- Create a realistic 2-D art work.
- Create a time art work (e.g., flip book, mobile/kinetic
sculpture, animation, video, film).
- Develop a series of pictures for a storyboard.
- Create the illusion of depth in a 2-D art work (e.g.,
overlap, size change, placement).
- Create an art work based on a plan incorporating research
and problem solving.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior
of self and others.
- Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
- Compare and contrast how the arts function in two different
types of ceremonies (e.g., parades, weddings, graduations,
- Give examples in which various arts are used to persuade
and promote ideas.
- List technology used in the arts (e.g., cameras, synthesizers,
computers, printing press).
- Categorize types of artists with their art and art related
products or performances (e.g., designers create packages,
composers write advertising jingles, architects design buildings).
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Investigate how the arts reflect different cultures, times,
- Compare how different art forms express aspects of the
same culture, time, or place.
- Compare and contrast the contribution of individual artists
on movements, trends, or periods.
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