Illinois Learning Standards
Stage I - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Analyze the relationship among elements, principles, and
expressive qualities in a 2-D or 3-D work.
- Identify the aesthetic criteria for evaluating an art
work (e.g., value, function, purpose, context, appropriateness,
- Express a judgment of a work of art based on description,
analysis, and interpretation.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Analyze the dominant artistic components (i.e., elements,
principles, expressive ideas; processes, technologies; creative
processes) using appropriate vocabulary in all the arts.
- Compare and contrast similar and distinctive artistic
components (i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas;
processes, technologies; creative processes) across art
- Select works from each art form that share similar theme/subject
matter and justify selection.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations and potential
of media, tools, processes, and technology.
- Evaluate the effect of changing technologies on the visual
- Analyze the relationship among the tools, media, technology,
- Discuss and evaluate an artist's ability to convey meaning
based on the selection of materials and tools.
- Debate the choice of techniques used to convey meaning
in an art work of self and others.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Construct a plan for a work of art based on gathering
information, making adjustments, evaluating the image in
terms of criteria, and correlating intent and solution.
- Create art works in a variety of materials, techniques
- Create art works in a variety of styles.
- Create art works based on planning, research, and problem
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Analyze how the arts function in historical, societal,
economic, and personal contexts (e.g. economic trends, creative
thinking, intra/inter communication, adornment, environments,
entertainment, historical record, jobs).
- Analyze how the arts inform and persuade through movement,
sound, and image.
- Examine the purposes and effects of various media (e.g.,
film, print, multimedia presentations) in terms of informing,
entertaining, and persuading the public.
- Justify an opinion about the purposes and effects of various
media in terms of informing and persuading the public.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Classify selected works of art by style, periods, or cultures
(e.g., Classical, Renaissance, Romanticism, Pan-Asian, Native
- Analyze selected historical and contemporary works of
art for distinguishing characteristics of style, period,
- Trace how artistic styles have changed in response to
cultural, historical, and technological events (e.g., inventions,
transportation, economics, wars).
- Connect the artists/works with the trends and/or influences
of others (e.g. Picasso's "Guernica"; Stravinsky's
"Firebird", Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma).
Return to Fine Arts Classroom
Assessments and Performance Descriptors