Illinois Learning Standards
Stage G - Fine Arts—Visual Arts
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Demonstrate an understanding of dimension and value in
black/white and in color.
- Recognize color schemes in a work of art.
- Demonstrate an understanding of contour and cross contour.
- Point out a specific element or group of elements that
create the center of interest in an art work.
- Compare and contrast the use of the expressive qualities
in a series of works with the same theme (e.g., nature,
family values, political or social issues).
- Compare and contrast the use of the same symbols in different
art works (e.g., cross, ring, flag).
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Compare and contrast two works in one art form that share
similar themes or subject matter examining artistic components
(i.e., elements, principles, expressive ideas; tools, processes,
technologies; creative processes).
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Create unique specific effects using a combination of
media, tools, and processes (e.g., clay tools to texturize,
glue to attach textural objects, computer word programs/fonts
- Analyze how the selection of media or tools can enhance
the communication of an idea (e.g., using watercolors to
paint seascapes or clouds; using computer programs to create
- Compare and contrast how materials are used when depicting
- Create special effects in 2-D art work.
- Distinguish among the processes of film, animation, and
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Create a decorative 2-D art work.
- Create an abstract art work using shapes and color to
- Use linear perspective to create the illusion of 3-D on
a flat surface.
- Use a computer to create a simple animated art work.
- Investigate the use of video in a performance work. Create
an art work based on a plan incorporating research and problem
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior
of self and others.
- Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
- Compare and contrast the function of the arts in two similar
types of ceremonies (e.g., parades - Thanksgiving Day Parade
and Mardi Gras; Opening Ceremony - Super Bowl and World
- Explain the way the various arts are used to persuade
and promote ideas in advertising.
- Explain the ways technology is used to communicate in
each of the arts.
- Describe in each art form at least two artists' roles
and how those roles contribute to the world of work.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Determine the reasons why certain artists or works of
art reflect culture (e.g. totems, ritual).
- Connect artists or their works with the trends and/or
influences they create(d).
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