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.
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
CA.700.43 Identify, classify, and select the appropriate tools, materials, and techniques for creating
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
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
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.