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					                                             Creative Arts

                                    A half-year exploratory course
                                 required of all seventh grade students

Overview:       In this eighteen-week exploratory course, seventh grade students explore the four major
                art forms: visual art, music, theatre, and dance. They develop an understanding of the
                creative arts as important parts of history, culture, and the human experience. They learn
                how people of all cultures use the arts to express themselves and to communicate about
                themselves to others. Using several multicultural strands to integrate materials and
                experiences from the four art forms, the curriculum provides students with the
                opportunity to identify and nurture their individual creative potential. Creative Arts
                emphasizes learning and using core knowledge through a balanced instructional
                approach. Some traditional reading, writing, and research strategies, using print and
                audio-visual sources, as well as the full range of available technology, are balanced with
                a variety of integrated production and performance experiences in all four art forms.

Essential Integrated Discipline Goals

Aesthetics:     To develop, through the creative arts, the ability to perceive and respond to ideas,
                experience, and the environment.

Cultural:       To develop an understanding of the creative arts as integral parts of history, culture, and
                the human experience.

Expression:     To develop the ability to organize and use knowledge in order to express ideas and
                feelings through production in the individual creative arts and in cross-disciplinary,
                integrated arts production.

Criticism:      To develop the knowledge and skills necessary to formulate, apply, and communicate
                criteria for evaluating examples of creative production.



CA.700.10       Identify core visual art (elements of arts/principles of design), music, theatre, and dance
                concepts and terms, individually and in relationship to one another
                CA.700.10.01      Define, interpret, and apply the elements of art and principles of design.
                (See appendices)
                CA.700.10.02                 Define, interpret, and apply core music, drama, and
                dance concepts/vocabulary. (See lists in teacher resources)
CA.700.15   Recognize how the arts may express a concept, tell a story, evoke a mood or emotion,
            and/or symbolize an idea.
            CA.700.15.01                Describe how various cultures use the arts as
            forms of visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic expression.
            CA.700.15.02                Describe realistic/symbolic images used in
            creating mood, feelings, and communicating ideas through individual
            example of artistic expression.

CA.700.18   Demonstrate the skills necessary to perceive and respond with understanding and
            appreciation to the arts within a full range of contexts
            CA.700.18.01                Demonstrate the many, varied ways in which the observer
            responds to diverse works of artistic expression within a geographic or multicultural
            CA.700.18.02                Recognize the ways in which the observer successfully
            responds to diverse examples of artistic expression from many, varied art forms with
            similar skills and techniques.

CA.700.20   Identify selected aspects of artistic forms and how changes in them affect one’s
            perception(s) and response(s)
            CA.700.20.01       Analyze core concepts as observed in individual examples of artistic
            CA.700.20.02       Explain how changes in the core concepts to be
            found in individual examples of artistic expression affect one’s perception
            of the example(s).

CA.700.23   Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the conventions of artistic performance
            (music, dance, theatre) and of artistic products (visual art), with an emphasis on the
            relationship of performance/production to
            our daily lives
            CA.700.23.01                 Describe ways in which art is used as an integral
            part of life.
            CA.700.23.02                 Identify the environmental factors that influence the
            characteristics of a society’s art.

CA.700.25   Recognize and articulate the ways in which the artistic elements and concepts
            demonstrate consistency across cultural diversity
            CA.700.25.01      Compare and contrast the artistic symbols, styles,
            and themes used in two or more geographical or multicultural groups
            CA.700.25.02      Compare and contrast the artistic symbols, styles, and themes between
            two or more artistic forms within a given culture or multicultural group

CA.700.27   Develop the skills of concentration, observation, imagination, preparation, and sense


CA.700.30       Recognize how the arts reflect social, political, and ethical issues of individuals and
                CA.700.30.01                 Demonstrate how the people of various geographic
                regions and multicultural backgrounds use the arts to express ideas and to
                represent their culture(s), place(s) and events.

CA.700.33       Analyze and classify artists and artistic products by factors such as style, subject matter,
                historical and cultural context, and technique

CA.700.35       Demonstrate the ways in which art forms are integrated, as well as supportive and
                reflective of one another

CA.700.37       Identify factors which influence artists in specific historical eras and places.

CA.700.40       Identify the relationship between problem solving in art and in the humanities and

CA.700.40.01    Relate to art and apply, where appropriate, suggestions or activities found in language
                arts, math, science, and social studies guides for all cultural groups studied

Creative Expression

CA.700.43      Identify, classify, and select the appropriate tools, materials, and techniques for creating
               artistic products
               CA.700.43.01                 Demonstrate the correct use of tools and materials.
               CA.700.43.02                 Recognize and select appropriate materials needed
               to complete assigned projects/products.
               CA.700.43.03                 Recognize and articulate ways in which techniques
               and skills suitable for one artistic form are similar to those suitable in
               other artistic forms.

CA.700.45      Apply adequate measures for the protection of eyes, face, skin, etc., when working on art
               CA.700.45.01             Recognize signs and symbols used for safety.
               CA.700.45.02             Demonstrate the safe use of tools and materials.

CA.700.47      Apply the elements of art/principles of design, as well as core concepts from music,
               dance, and drama to plan and execute individual examples of artistic expression.
               CA.700.47.01                Identify the elements, principles of design, and/or core artistic
               concepts in works of art.
               CA.700.47.02                Explain how changes in these elements/principles
               Or core concepts affect one’s perception of an art work.
               CA.700.47.03                Explain the need for pre-planning and organization
               in order to create successful works of artistic expression.

CA.700.50      Create images based upon observed and imagined experiences
               CA.700.50.01       Create projects based on a variety of multicultural
               groups and varied art forms
               CA.700.50.02       Compare and contrast reality versus folklore/fantasy
               in discussing the arts as parts of varied multicultural groups.
               CA.700.50.03                 Create examples of individual artistic expression
               which incorporate a range of artistic skills and techniques.
               CA.700.50.04                 Work independently as well as in groups of various
               sizes while creating examples of individual artistic expression.
               CA.700.50.05                 Experiment with a variety of techniques and
               materials in 2-D and 3-D works of art.
               CA.700.50.006 Create original art work using freehand techniques; trace only one’s
               own original work and only in the rarest of


CA.700.53    Demonstrate the ability to make informed aesthetic judgments
             CA.700.53.01               Generate vocabulary for critical thinking and
             aesthetic judgments to evaluate examples of artistic expression.

CA.700.55    Describe and interpret the aesthetic quality of an artistic product in terms of core concepts
             and terminology
             CA.700.55.01               Recognize that effective aesthetic judgments can only be made
             in terms of a deep understanding of major artistic concepts and their role(s) in the work(s)
             of art being evaluated.
             CA.700.55.02               Use correct artistic terminology in articulating aesthetic

CA.700.57    Focus on and emphasize the distinctive aesthetic contributions of various social and
             cultural contexts
             CA.700.57.01              Use accurate understandings of cultural context(s) in making
             aesthetic judgments about examples of artistic expression
             CA.700.57.02              Recognize that comparative aesthetic judgments can only be
             made within comparative contexts.

CA.700.60    Apply and communicate personal aesthetic criteria in making aesthetic judgments about
             one’s own work
             CA.700.60.02                Apply styles, techniques, medium, subject matters,
             and environmental contributions learned in evaluating artistic expression
             to the evaluation of one’s own artistic expression.

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