Illinois Learning Standards
Stage J - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Discuss the use of aesthetic components in expressing
- Debate the intent of a series of works by one artist.
- Defend an opinion in writing on the use of elements and
principles (objective) and/or expressive intent (subjective)
in a work of art.
- Critique a portfolio of art by self or others for impact
- 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.
- Critique the dominant artistic components (i.e., elements,
principles, expressive ideas; processes, technologies; creative
processes) using appropriate vocabulary in all the arts.
- Evaluate the use of similar and distinctive artistic components
across art forms.
- Analyze how different art forms combine to create an interdisciplinary
work (e.g., ballet, musical theatre, opera, cinematography,
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Compare and contrast the variety of techniques that can
be used for a variety of materials, tools, and techniques.
- Prioritize techniques of media, tools, and technology
to best communicate intended ideas.
- Describe, analyze, and evaluate an artist's work based
on the choices (e.g., media, tools, technology) made to
communicate the idea.
- Demonstrate the influence of modern technologies on tools,
materials, and processes.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Create a body of work that will become a portfolio using
a variety of technologies, resources, and independent decision
making demonstrating a conceptual rationale (e.g., artist's
statement of intent); depth (e.g., exploration, research,
planning, practice, evaluation); proficiency (e.g., advanced
techniques, tools, techniques); and evaluation (e.g., critique,
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Evaluate the function of the arts in historical, societal,
economic, and personal contexts (e.g. careers, aesthetics,
commentary or criticism, predictor of or catalyst for change,
tools for learning, economic contribution, therapy, propaganda/
advertising, making the invisible visible, cross disciplinary
- Evaluate the ways the arts are used to inform and persuade
through traditional and contemporary art forms.
- Examine the purposes and effects of various media (e.g.
film, print, multimedia presentations) in terms of informing,
entertaining, and persuading the public.
- Hypothesize how the arts will function in the future as
a result of changes in traditional and contemporary media.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Analyze the impact of political actions, current events,
and natural phenomena (e.g., wars, civil unrest, disasters,
economic prosperity, discovery, technology, legislation)
on the development and production of art.
- Cite examples of where the arts shaped aspects of a culture
(e.g., Dionysian theatre festival, Renaissance church art
and music, cinema and the Depression).
- Analyze how historical and cultural contexts influence
arts processes and products (e.g., Reformation, patronage
system, invention of microphone, camera, and printing press,
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