Visual Arts / Music / Theatre

Transfer Goals Standards   Understandings
Measurable insights, generalizations

Essential Questions

Create works of art to personally engage in the creative process and/or communicate meaning
  • Visual Arts: 1, 2, 10
  • Music: 1, 2, 10
  • Theater: 1, 2, 10
Artists’ creative choices are influenced by their expertise, context, and expressive intent.
  • What inspires me? Where do I get my ideas from?
  • How do I use what I visualize/imagine and make it come to life?
  • How much freedom do I have to be creative and also work within established criteria?
  • What does quality look/feel/sound like? How do I fine tune my work for and with an audience?
  • What am I learning or have I learned from creating this work of art?
Develop and refine techniques and skills through purposeful practice and application to become more fluent
  • Visual Arts: 2, 3, 5
  • Music: 3, 5
  • Theater: 3, 5
Artists improve the quality of a performance/piece of art through a cycle of deliberate practice and examination of results.
  • What (skill/technique) am I focusing on? How do I get better at this? How do I know I’m making progress?
Select and justify artistic works for a given purpose (e.g., demonstrate growth over time, connect to a theme/topic/style, personal meaning)
  • Visual Arts: 4
  • Music: 4
  • Theater: 4

Artists select a repertoire/body of work to demonstrate current range and depth of expertise for a given purpose and audience.

The context an artist provides as their work is being seen/viewed can have an impact on the audience

  • Based on the purpose, how do I decide what to share?
  • What is important for me to communicate? When should the work stand on its own?
Capture the feeling or emotional response which an artistic work elicits
  • Visual Arts: 6, 7, 10
  • Music: 6, 7, 8
  • Theater: 6, 7, 8, 10

Artists make thoughtful choices about their use of skills, technique, and style to in hopes of creating a specific response for an audience.

Music/Theater: The way an audience responds to a performance in real time impacts the artist(s) and the performance.

  • How do I show mood or feeling in this work of art? How did the audience/viewers respond? Did what I was trying to express work?
  • How is what I’m/we’re doing in real time impact the audience? What changes might we need to make (if any) to keep or create the feeling/emotional response?
Engage in critique to inform next steps or deepen examination of an artistic work
  • Visual Arts: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Music: 3, 5, 7, 9, 10
  • Theater: 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10
Evaluation of an artistic work is based on analysis and interpretation of established criteria that is helpful to the artist or deepens understanding of the work.
  • K-3: What does quality look/feel/sound like? 4-12: What are the established conventions of the art form/genre/style? What is the impact of those conventions on the piece?
  • How did it go / how did it turn out so far? How does it measure up to the established criteria? What is important to focus on next?
  • What am I learning by engaging in critique?
Examine a topic or genre to better understand a work of art and/or artist in relation to time and place
  • Visual Arts: 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
  • Music: 6, 7, 10, 11
  • Theater: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Interpretation of a work of art can be enriched by understanding context of the topic and perspective of the artist.
  • What am I seeing/feeling in this piece? What inferences can I make?
  • How does knowing more about the artist change or deepen my understanding?
  • How does knowing more about the topic change or deepen my understanding?