National Core Arts Standards


When you are asked to “create” we are asking you to do this:

1.           Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

2.     Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

3.     Refine and complete artistic work.

Why are you being asked to “create”?


1.     Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.

2.     Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative art making goals.

3.     Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches.

4.     Artists and designers balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.

5.     People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance and empower their lives.

6.     Artists and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.

Essential questions to consider when you are CREATING:

1.     What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking?

2.     What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?

3.     How does collaboration expand the creative process?

4.     How does knowing the contexts, histories, and traditions of art forms help us create works of art and design?

5.     Why do artists follow or break from established traditions?

6.     How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?

7.     How do artists work?

8.     How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

9.     How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

10.     How do artists and designers care for and maintain materials, tools, and equipment?

11.     Why is it important for safety and health to understand and follow correct procedures in handling materials, tools, and equipment?

12.     What responsibilities come with the freedom to create?

13.     How do objects, places, and design shape lives and communities?  

14.     How do artists and designers determine goals for designing or redesigning objects, places, or systems?  

15.     How do artists and designers create works of art or design that effectively communicate?

16.     What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work?

17.     How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms?

18.     How does collaboratively reflecting on a work help us experience it more completely?


When you are asked to “present” we are asking you to do this:

1.     Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

2.     Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

3.     Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Why are you being asked to “present”?


1.     Artists and other presenters consider various techniques, methods, venues, and criteria when analyzing, selecting, and curating objects, artifacts, and

                artworks for preservation and presentation.

2.     Artists, curators and others consider a variety of factors and methods including evolving technologies when preparing and refining artwork for display

               and or when deciding if and how to preserve and protect it.

3.     Objects, artifacts, and artworks collected, preserved, or presented either by artists, museums, or other venues communicate meaning and a record of

               social, cultural, and political experiences resulting in the cultivating of appreciation and understanding.

Essential questions to consider when you are PRESENTING:

1.     How are artworks cared for and by whom?

2.     What criteria, methods, and processes are used to select work for preservation or presentation?

3.     Why do people value objects, artifacts, and artworks, and select them for presentation?

4.     What methods and processes are considered when preparing artwork for presentation or preservation?

5.     How does refining artwork affect its meaning to the viewer?

6.     What criteria are considered when selecting work for presentation, a portfolio, or a collection?

7.     What is an art museum?

8.     How does the presenting and sharing of objects, artifacts, and artworks influence and shape ideas, beliefs, and experiences?

9.     How do objects, artifacts, and artworks collected, preserved, or presented, cultivate appreciation and understanding?


When you are asked to “respond” we are asking you to do this:

1.     Perceive and analyze artistic work.

2.     Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

3.     Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Why are you being asked to “respond”?


1.     Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, the

                natural world, and constructed environments.

2.     Visual imagery influences understanding of and responses to the world.

3.     People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.

4.     People evaluate art based on various criteria.

Essential questions to consider when you are RESPONDING:

1.     How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art?

2.     How does learning about art impact how we perceive the world?

3.     What can we learn from our responses to art?

4.     What is an image?

5.     Where and how do we encounter images in our world?

6.     How do images influence our views of the world?

7.     What is the value of engaging in the process of art criticism?

8.     How can the viewer “read”ull Ó a work of art as text?

9.     How does knowing and using visual art vocabularies help us understand and interpret works of art?

10.     How does one determine criteria to evaluate a work of art?

11.     How and why might criteria vary?

12.     How is a personal preference different from an evaluation?


When you are asked to “connect” we are asking you to do this:

1.     Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

2.     Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Why are you being asked to “connect”?


1.     Through art-making, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness  of perceptions, knowledge, and experiences.

2.     People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.

Essential questions to consider when you are CONNECTING:

1.     How does engaging in creating art enrich people's lives?

2.     How does making art attune people to their surroundings?

3.     How do people contribute to awareness and understanding of their lives and the lives of their communities through art-making?

4.     How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures?

5.     How is art used to impact the views of a society?

6.     How does art preserve aspects of life?

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Below is a detailed explanation of how your artwork will be evaluated based on the National Core Arts Standards.  Each standard is your competency.  There are 5 competencies for the class.  Successful completion of each competency requires you to earn a 65 or greater for each one by the end of the course.  If you fail to achieve a satisfactory grade of 65 or greater for a particular competency, you will be given the opportunity to work on that specific area and it will be tailored to your specific needs.  

While creating your art, you may be asked to rework areas.  This is for your benefit.  Take the suggestions given to you and improve your work.  Completing your art in a timely manner (not wasting class time) is important, but this is not a race.  I expect to see excellent quality work.  I DO NOT expect to see you transform your work into "Picasso"!  I DO NOT compare your level of artistic ability to your classmates.  I expect to see you grow in your artistic abilities from when you start this class and when we complete the class in approximately 20 weeks.