Illinois Learning Standards
Stage D - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Describe the use of line in gesture drawing.
- Identify the positive and negative space in an art work.
- Distinguish between 2-D and 3-D art works.
- Explain the importance of the light source in creating
light and shadow.
- Construct a color wheel in a given media (e.g., cut or
torn paper, paint, oil pastels).
- Recognize rhythm created through the repetition of sensory
elements (e.g., the squares of Mondrain).
- Recognize the relationship of parts to the whole in an
- Demonstrate the use of radial balance in a 2-D art work.
- Identify symbols from everyday life in given art work.
- Compare mood in several portraits of famous people.
- Illustrate an original story (e.g., Young Authors).
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Use the vocabulary of elements, principles, and tools
when describing a work of art.
- Plan and create a work of art that expresses a specific
idea, mood, or emotion using defined elements, principles,
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Choose the correct tools to apply specific media to a
given surface (e.g., Tools: brushes, pencils, scissors;
Media: markers, tempera, watercolors, clay/plasticene; Surfaces:
paper, canvas, board).
- Match the processes used with simple tools (e.g., applying
paint, modeling clay).
- Describe and demonstrate how two materials (e.g., crayon
and chalk) are used to achieve different effects depicting
a similar idea.
- Select a specific art material to communicate a given
idea (e.g., pen
- line to create hair).
- Differentiate among photographs, paintings, weavings,
prints, ceramics, and sculpture.
- Demonstrate fundamental processes in a variety of visual
art forms (e.g., painting, weaving).
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Visually express a verbal or written idea (e.g., illustrate
an original story).
- Use a sketchbook to record ideas and designs.
- Draw from natural objects (e.g., figure, animal, fish)
using a monochromatic color scheme.
- Design a pattern of geometric shapes and render it in
a 3-D object.
- Draw manufactured or natural objects from direct observation.
- Create the illusion of depth in a 2-D art work (e.g.,
overlap, size change, placement).
- Construct a plan for a work of art using research.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Evaluate audience behaviors of self and others.
- React to performances/ art works in a respectful, constructive,
and supportive manner.
- Describe the roles of artists in society (e.g. historian,
critic, entertainer, inventor).
- Describe a variety of places where the arts are produced,
performed, or displayed.
- Explain ways dance, drama, music, and visual art play
a part in everyday life (e.g., architecture, landscape design,
political cartoons, fashion design, background music, television).
- Explain how the arts are used in commercial applications
(e.g., posters, TV commercials, package design, industrial
- Describe occupations that are related to the arts (e.g.,
landscape architect, political cartoonist, fashion designer,
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Investigate the ways various people (present and past)
use the arts to celebrate similar events (e.g., celebrations,
- List significant contributions made by artists in several
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