Below represents some of the Essential Concepts and Understandings delivered to students through the Visual Arts curriculum in North Allegheny School District.

    Elements and Principles of Visual Art
    • Artists use the Elements of Art as the basic building blocks to create art.
    • Artists use the Principles of Art to organize the Elements of Art in creating art.
    • Artists create art that is compelling and evokes an aesthetic response.
    • Artists use the Elements & Principles of Art to describe, challenge, express, and stimulate creativity.
    • The Elements & Principles of Art become a common vocabulary to discuss art.
    Media, Tools, Techniques, and Processes
    • Artists learn to properly use media, tools, techniques and processes to produce works of art.
    • Artists make choices about how to use media, tools, techniques and processes to achieve aesthetic and creative goals in a craftsman-like manner.
    • Viewers of art need to understand how media, tools, techniques and processes are used to achieve aesthetic goals.
    • The study and creation of art provides opportunities for cross-curricular learning.
    • Art exists as a unifying part of the human experience in our world.
    Original Thought and Creativity
    • Creative habits of the mind are developed through artistic processes (e.g., flexible, fluent, elaborate, and original thinking).
    • Artistic processes lead to the confident exercise of creativity in all areas of work and life.
    • Creative processes are enhanced by group collaboration.
    • The visual arts provide opportunity for experimentation and exploration.
    Perception, Expression, and Imagination
    • The arts provide a medium to understand and exchange ideas.
    • Artists use their own ideas, perceptions, and experiences to create art.
    • Every person has imagination which is not bound by age, time, place, or past experience.
    • An art work is more than the sum of its parts; it has a quality that transcends the Elements and Principles of Art.
    • The display of artwork provides the opportunity for response, the exchange of ideas, inspiration, site enhancement, pride in craftsmanship, etc.
    Historical and Cultural Contexts
    • People express experiences and ideas using visual art throughout time and across cultures.
    • Studying art works provides a context for understanding a culture, its people, and their ideas.
    Aesthetic Response
    • People and cultures form different ideas about the value and purpose of visual art.
    • Artists have various functions in society (e.g., humanitarian, utilitarian, critic, and entertainer).
    • Art communicates through vivid sensory experiences.
    • The brain processes information through imagery.
    Critical Response
    • People can analyze, respond to, evaluate and interpret art work.