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THE PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING ART
IN THE UNITED COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

The ultimate goal of the art courses offered at United Community is to help students understand the past, participate creatively in the present, and adapt to the future. This ultimate goal can be achieved by:

  1. Guiding students to perceive, comprehend, and evaluate the visual world.
  2. Helping students acquire an ability to look at and understand the visual arts.
  3. Motivating students to develop and communicate imaginative and inventive ideas.
  4. Assisting students in the making of art.

 

Although each course is divided into seven content areas to be taught, it is understood that concepts are not separate entities, but all overlap to involve growth gained from the practice of productive thinking skills. Specific thinking skills are listed under each content area with suggested activities and/or strategies placed under those categories.

 

STRANDS FOR ART
UNITED COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Grades K-6)

  1. The VISUAL THINKING and METAPHORIC THINKING strand promotes the production of novel and original graphic ideas and the practice of thinking in images and making comparisons between qualities of objects.
  2. The VISUAL LOGIC strand involves study and practice with the principles behind the shaping process.
  3. The HUMAN, CULTURAL and HISTORIC CONTEXT strand promotes an understanding of art’s functions in human qualities that culture is the totality of meanings, ideas, and beliefs within a group and that every art object that exists is a product of intention.

 

STRANDS & STANDARDS FOR ART
UNITED COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Grades K-6)

  1. The VISUAL THINKING and METAPHORIC THINKING strand promotes the production of novel and original graphic ideas and the practice of thinking in images and making comparisons between qualities of objects.
    • Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
    • Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
  2. The VISUAL LOGIC strand involves study and practice with the principles behind the shaping process.
    • Using knowledge of structures and functions.
  3. The HUMAN, CULTURAL and HISTORIC CONTEXT strand promotes an understanding of art’s functions in human qualities that culture is the totality of meanings, ideas, and beliefs within a group and that every art object that exists is a product of intention.
    • Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
    • Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
    • Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines. 

 

STRANDS, STANDARDS & BENCHMARKS FOR ART
UNITED COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

(Grades K-6)

  1. The VISUAL THINKING and METAPHORIC THINKING strand promotes the production of novel and original graphic ideas and the practice of thinking in images and making comparisons between qualities of objects.
    • Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
    1. Know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes
    2. Describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
    3. Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
    4. Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
    5. Select media, techniques, and processes; analyze and reflect on the effectiveness of their choices
    • Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
    1. Explore and understand prospective content for works of art
    2. Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning
    3. Integrate visual, spatial, and temperal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks
  2. The VISUAL LOGIC strand involves study and practice with the principles behind the shaping process.
    • Using knowledge of structures and functions.
    1. Know the differences among visual characteristics
    2. Use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
    3. Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas
  3. The HUMAN, CULTURAL and HISTORIC CONTEXT strand promotes an understanding of art’s functions in human qualities that culture is the totality of meanings, ideas, and beliefs within a group and that every art object that exists is a product of intention.
    • Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.
    1. Know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
    2. Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular culture, times, and places
    3. Demonstrate how history, culture, and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying the works of art
    4. Know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures
    5. Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts
    • Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
    1. Understand there are various purposes of creating works of visual art
    2. Describe how people’s experiences influence the development of specific artworks
    3. Understand there are different responses to specific artworks
    4. Compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
    • Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.
    1. Understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines
    2. Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
    3. Compare the characteristics of works in two or more art forms that share similar subject matter
    4. Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts

 

 

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515-432-5319

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