• VISUAL ARTS CURRICULUM
     
    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.
    Integration
    • 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.