Visual Arts
How does art relate to other disciplines of life?
Does art convey truth? (How does art connect an audience to an idea?)
Does art create culture or does culture create art?

  • Students select one medium to explore: sculpture, graphic design, painting, photography, drawing, collage or another (lithography, etc)
    • Explore traditional and unconventional techniques for creating art with this medium.
      • Find examples of work from artists who employ techniques from various traditions in this medium
      • Find examples of work from artists who are considered groundbreaking in their use of this medium
      • Learn how to use various techniques in this medium and create pieces representing that knowledge.
    • Recognize works of art that are considered touchstones of importance to the selected medium
      • Evaluate a piece by comparing it to similar or exemplary models
      • Evaluate a piece in terms of its artistic qualities and explain the techniques used to evoke feelings and emotions

  • Know the rules first and then break the rules!!!
    • Create and analyze work that explores different balances of composition.
      • rule of thirds/golden rectangle
      • foreground/background
      • positive/negative space
    • Compose and interpret pieces of art that utilize symbolism to communicate ideas and thoughts.
      • Understand that many colors have emotional and psychological meanings.
      • Understand that objects as represented in art can have symbolic meaning.
      • Recognize cultural differences of symbolic meanings

  • Evaluate the connections between artistic movements and the cultures/time periods.
    • Make connections between works of art and their time periods
      • Recognize that distinguishing characteristics of artistic genres and styles come from a variety of originating cultures.
      • Understand styles of art from different time periods and how they connect to one another
      • Classify be genre or style and by historical period unfamiliar but representative examples of music, and explain the reasoning behind their classifications
      • Classify by genre and style (and if applicable, by historical period and artist) a variety of exemplary artistic works, and explain the characteristics that cause them to be considered exemplary

  • Assess the various functions that art in this medium can serve, including political, economic, social and religious purposes.
    • Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions art serves, roles of artists, and the environment the art is created in
    • explore incendiary pieces of artwork that challenge the status quo of what is considered "good art"




Music Arts
How does music relate to other disciplines of life?
How does music connect an audience to an experience?

  • Genre
    • Make connections between music and the cultures that created them
      • Describe distinguishing characteristics of music genres and styles from a variety of cultures
      • Compare, in several cultures of the world, functions music serves, roles of musicians, and conditions under which music is typically performed
      • Identify sources of American music genres, trace the evolution of those genres and cite well-known musicians associated with them
    • Analyze the uses of elements of music in aural examples representing diverse genres and cultures
      • Understand styles of music from different time periods and how they connect to one another
      • Classify by genre and style (and if applicable, by historical period and composer) a variety of exemplary musical works, and explain the characteristics that cause them to be considered exemplary
      • Classify be genre or style and by historical period unfamiliar but representative examples of music, and explain the reasoning behind their classifications

  • Delivery- Evaluate music and music performances
    • Describe and evaluate music that student participates in
      • Develop specific criteria for making informed, critical evaluations of the quality and effectiveness of performances, compositions, arrangements, and improvisations and apply the criteria in their personal participation in the music
    • Describe and evaluate musical performances of others
      • Evaluate a performance, composition, arrangement, or improvisation by comparing it to similar or exemplary models
      • Evaluate a musical work in terms of its artistic qualities and explain the musical means it uses to evoke feelings and emotions
    • Analyze aural examples of a varied repertoire of music, representing diverse genres and cultures, by describing the uses of elements of music and expressive devices
    • Understand that there are many ways to communicate about music, including technical representation, descriptive analysis.

  • Reading and Notating Music- even with the same sheet music, different performances evoke different ___ (instrument)
    • Identify and define standard notation symbols for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, articulation, and expression
      • Read whole, half, quarter, eighth sixteenth and dotted notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4. 4/4. 6/8, 3/8 and alla breve meter signatures
    • Understand simple pitch notation in the treble and bass clefs in major keys
    • Listen to, analyze, and describe music, how it influences mood and emotion.
    • Describe specific music events in a given aural example, using appropriate terminology
    • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of the technical vocabulary of music
    • Describe how key and timing signatures can be used to convey mood in music




Theater Arts




Dance Arts