How does this resource address National Standards in Visual Arts?


Many of the lessons in this unit are broad enough to address several national standards. The primary content standards addressed by each lesson are listed below:

Lesson One, Protest and Persuasion focuses on obvious and less obvious functions of art. It addresses Content Standard #2: Using knowledge of structures and functions. It also introduces students to historical/cultures roots of Chicana/o and earlier artworks, thereby addressing Content Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and culture.

Lesson Two, Art for Protest and Persuasion (Printmaking and Mural options) focuses on printmaking and mural making processes and how these processes are particularly effective for serving certain purposes. This lesson addresses Content Standard #1; Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes, as well as Content Standard #2: Using knowledge of structures and functions.

Lesson Three, Shaping Ideas, focuses on two ideas: shapes and symbols. It addresses Content Standard #2: Using knowledge of structures and functions and Content Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.

Lesson Four, Who Sees the Art? (Printmaking and Mural options), focuses on the role of printmaking and murals in Chicano and Mexican culture, and thereby addresses Content Standard 4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

Lesson Five, Making Art That Matters (Printmaking and Mural options), is a culminating art making lesson concluding with an interpretive critique. It addresses Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes, as well as Content Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.

Lesson Six, Considering Media and Meanings, focuses on interpretation an assessment of an artist's choice of medium. It addresses Content Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics of their work and the work of others.

Lesson Seven, Should Art Be For Art's Sake?, analyzes Chicana/o art in relation to traditional European-American theories of art. It addresses Content Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

Lesson Eight, Printmaking and Murals Across Cultures, asks students to investigate prints and murals from various cultures and eras. It addresses Content Standard #4: Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures.

The Interdisciplinary Lesson Ideas address Content Standard #6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines.




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