"THE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CONTENT STANDARDS"
THE CALIFORNIA VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CONTENT STANDARDS http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ OVERVIEW The VAPA standards encompass four arts disciplines: Dance Music Theater Visual Art There are five strands that govern the four arts disciplines at each grade level. These strands describe the overarching concepts that are then broken down into the specific “standards.” THE FIVE COMPONENT STRANDS Artistic Perception Students have opportunities to process, analyze and respond to sensory information through the use of language and skills unique to the art form. Key words: vocabulary, skill building, foundation, and building blocks Creative Expression Students have opportunities to create, perform or participate in the art form by applying the skills specific to that art form. Key words: do, create, compose, perform, participate, and produce Historical and Cultural Context Students examine and analyze the contributions of history and cultural diversity as they relate to the art form, keeping the human dimension in the forefront. Key words: historical, cultural, human, and multi-cultural Aesthetic Valuing Students learn to critique and derive meaning from the art form based on knowledge of the skills and vocabulary and human response. Key words: informed critique, derive meaning, human response, and aesthetic qualities Connections, Relations and Applications Students make connections between the arts disciplines and careers and with other subject areas. Key words: life skills, inter-disciplinary connections, problem solving, and collaboration THE STANDARDS The “standards” are actually statements about what students should know and be able to do. They do not dictate activities but, rather, guide educators to design curriculum, which will provide students with the optimum opportunities for understanding, learning and expressing themselves through the arts. Teaching to the “standards” does not mean “standardizing” art. Educators construct their lessons based on the skills and knowledge laid out in the standards so that students have a clear sequential curriculum, which builds through the grades. Prepared for the Cultural Council by Mary McLaughlin