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Grade Five

Visual and Performing Arts: Visual Arts Content Standards.

Processing, Analyzing, and Responding to Sensory Information Through the Language and Skills Unique to the Visual Arts

Students perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events, and the environment. They also use the vocabulary of the visual arts to express their observations.

Develop Perceptual Skills and Visual Arts Vocabulary
  • 1.1 Identify and describe the principles of design in visual compositions, emphasizing unity and harmony.
  • 1.2 Identify and describe characteristics of representational, abstract, and nonrepresentational works of art.
Analyze Art Elements and Principles of Design
  • 1.3 Use their knowledge of all the elements of art to describe similarities and differences in works of art and in the environment.

Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Visual Arts

Students apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.

Skills, Processes, Materials, and Tools
  • 2.1 Use one-point perspective to create the illusion of space.
  • 2.2 Create gesture and contour observational drawings.
  • 2.3 Demonstrate beginning skill in the manipulation of digital imagery (e.g., computer-generated art, digital photography, or videography).
Communication and Expression Through Original Works of Art
  • 2.4 Create an expressive abstract composition based on real objects.
  • 2.5 Assemble a found object sculpture (as assemblage) or a mixed media two-dimensional composition that reflects unity and harmony and communicates a theme.
  • 2.6 Use perspective in an original work of art to create a real or imaginary scene.
  • 2.7 Communicate values, opinions, or personal insights through an original work of art.

Understanding the Historical Contributions and Cultural Dimensions of the Visual Arts

Students analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual arts and artists.

Role and Development of the Visual Arts
  • 3.1 Describe how local and national art galleries and museums contribute to the conservation of art.
  • 3.2 Identify and describe various fine, traditional, and folk arts from historical periods worldwide.
Diversity of the Visual Arts
  • 3.3 Identify and compare works of art from various regions of the United States.
  • 3.4 View selected works of art from a major culture and observe changes in materials and styles over a period of time.

Responding to, Analyzing, and Making Judgments About Works in the Visual Arts

Students analyze, assess, and derive meaning from works of art, including their own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design, and aesthetic qualities.

Derive Meaning
  • 4.1 Identify how selected principles of design are used in a work of art and how they affect personal responses to and evaluation of the work of art.
  • 4.2 Compare the different purposes of a specific culture for creating art.
Make Informed Judgments
  • 4.3 Develop and use specific criteria as individuals and in groups to assess works of art.
  • 4.4 Assess their own works of art, using specific criteria, and describe what changes they would make for improvement.

Connecting and Applying What Is Learned in the Visual Arts to Other Art Forms and Subject Areas and to Careers

Students apply what they learn in the visual arts across subject areas. They develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career skills. They also learn about careers in and related to the visual arts.

Connections and Applications
  • 5.1 Use linear perspective to depict geometric objects in space.
Visual Literacy
  • 5.2 Identify and design icons, logos, and other graphic devices as symbols for ideas and information.
Careers and Career-Related Skills
  • 5.3 Research and report on what various types of artists (e.g., architects, designers, graphic artists, animators) produce and how their works play a role in our everyday environment.
Questions: State Board of Education | 916-319-0827 
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 7, 2018