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Comparing Landscapes Unit
Relation to Standards
We have drawn on the National
Standards for Arts Education [http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/%7Eaeoltcap/nsaeaeol.html] outlined by the
Consortium of National Arts Education Associations. These standards provide
excellent guidelines for teachers on how to focus visual arts work in
We agree with the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations that
students need to be encouraged and supported in their development of artistic
- Students should have ample time to experiment with artistic
media so that they may explore "the multifaceted interplay
of different media, styles, forms, techniques, and processes in the
creation of their work."
- Students should be involved in artistic endeavors that
help them "develop increasing abilities to pose insightful questions
about contexts, processes, and criteria for evaluation."
experiences should be developed that help students "understand the relationships among art forms and between
their own work and that of others." This process helps
understandings about the historical and cultural contexts of art to
situations in contemporary life...." and gives them a "broad and in-depth
understanding of the meaning and import of the visual world in
which they live."
We also agree that "[a]s a result of developing these capabilities,
students can arrive
at their own knowledge, beliefs, and values for making personal and
artistic decisions. In other terms, they can arrive at a
broad-based, well-grounded understanding of the nature, value, and
meaning of the arts as a part of their own humanity" (National
Standards for Arts Education).
An evaluation of how the Comparing Landscapes Unit addresses some of
- Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes: Students
will "apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient
skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions
are carried out in their artworks" (Content Standard 1).
- Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas:
Students will "reflect on how art work differs visually, spatially,
temporally, and functionally, and describe how these are
related to history and culture" (Content Standard 3).
- Understanding the visual arts in relation
to history and cultures: Students will "analyze
relationships of works of art to one another in
terms of history, aesthetics, and culture, justifying
conclusions made in the analysis and using such
conclusions to inform their own art making" (Content Standard 4).
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