Illinois Learning Standards
Stage B - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Describe a variety of lines (e.g., create a drawing using
spiral, jagged, zigzag, wavy).
- Distinguish between organic (free-form, natural) and inorganic
- Identify primary, secondary, and analogous colors in an
- Identify a variety of textures from organic and person-made
objects (e.g., use the technique of rubbing).
- Show size progression (e.g., organize small, medium, large).
- Identify in an art work elements (e.g., jagged lines,
curved shapes, bright colors) that convey emotions (e.g.,
- Tell the story an art work shows.
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Identify sensory elements, organizational principles,
and expressive qualities used in more than one art form.
- Examine the same sensory elements, organizational principles,
and expressive qualities in two different works in the same
- Investigate story, feelings, or expressive ideas shared
in the work of two different art forms.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- List the materials and tools used to paint, draw, and
- Distinguish between materials and tools used in 2-D and
- Use appropriate tools (e.g., brushes, scissors, clay modeling
tools) correctly with simple materials when creating an
- Demonstrate the safe and responsible use of materials
and tools when creating 2-D or 3-D work.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Purposefully manipulate 2-D and 3-D materials to create
an art work that expresses an idea.
- Create 2-D and 3-D art works that show the use of imagination
and express personal ideas.
- Create sculpture using additive processes (e.g., clay,
paper, found objects).
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Identify and demonstrate the qualities of good audience
- Share comments in a positive manner about a performance
and/or an art work.
- Name a variety of occupations (e.g., director, actor,
composer, conductor, painter, sculptor, dancer, choreographer)
associated with different art forms.
- Give examples of how the arts are used in celebrations.
- Describe how the arts tell us things in different ways
(e.g., dance/movement, music, visual image, story).
- Give examples of personal experiences in the arts outside
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Identify the images, objects, sounds, and movements from
a work of art and describe what they tell about people,
time, places, and everyday life.
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