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  The Elementary Art program follows the New York State Standards for Visual Arts and the National Visual Arts Standards from kindergarten through fifth grade.

New York State Standards for Visual Arts

Standard 1-Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts

Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

Key ideas -

1. Students will make works of art that explore different kinds of subject matter, topics, themes and metaphors. Students will understand and use sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive images to communicate their own ideas in works of art. Students will use a variety of art materials, processes, mediums and techniques, and use appropriate technologies for creating and exhibiting visual arts works.

Performance indicators -


  • Explore selected works of art in order to discover that these works were made by artists and to discover how they were made (the exploration may be both visual and tactile).
  • Demonstrate the basic skills in cutting, pasting, using clay and using a paint brush.
  • Create works of art based on their personal experiences as well as their imagination.
  • Explore themes derived from their own personal experiences (such as stories, pets, trips) and make art that tells something about that experience.
  • Explore selected symbols that are used in art, (such as the symbol for the sun or a tree) and discuss how the shape of the symbol may be different from one work to another but yet the symbol is still able to be identified or named.
  • Learn to name visual elements (such as shapes, textures and colors) through multisensory experiences.
  • Make works of art which incorporate selected visual elements.
  • Are guided to reflect upon what their art work looks like, how they used the medium (such as paint or crayon).
  • Work on a class work of art such as a mural or class book.

Standard 2--Knowing and Using Arts

Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.

Key ideas -

2. Students will know and use a variety of visual arts materials, techniques and processes. Students will know about resources and opportunities for participation in visual arts in the community (exhibitions, libraries, museums, galleries) and use appropriate materials (art reproductions, slides, print materials, electronic media). Students will be aware of vocational options available in the visual arts.

Performance indicators -


  • Draw images of people and things which become increasingly more specific.
  • Dxplore the characteristics of selected mediums and describe what they feel like when using them. Name those they like the best.
  • Make simple three dimensional works of art using additive and/or subtractive techniques.
  • Use a draw/paint software program to make simple graphic shapes.
  • Listen to and discuss the presentation of a museum person or an artist who brings original art works or artifacts to the classroom.
  • Look at and explore (by handling, if possible) artifacts borrowed from a museum and talk about their visual characteristics and their purpose.
  • Listen to and ask questions of a person from the local community who makes his/her living in the visual arts (a painter, a sculptor, a photographer).

Standard 3--Responding to and Analyzing Works of Art

Students will respond critically to a variety of works in the arts, connecting the individual work to other works and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

Key ideas -

3. Students will reflect on works of art. Students will learn about the visual characteristics of the natural and man-made environment and the social, cultural, psychological and environmental dimensions of the visual arts. Students will learn about the ways in which a variety of ideas, themes and concepts are expressed through the visual arts.

Performance indicators -


  • Learn about the features of selected works of art, such as the subject matter and the overall feeling of the work.
  • Identify a work of art as distinguished from other kinds of objects and discuss where works of art can be found such as in the home, in school or in a museum.
  • Learn about art elements (such as shape, texture, color) that are found in works of art and what they might express in a work of art.
  • Explore a theme that is part of the students' experience that is found in a work of art. Express that theme in another form such as movement or music or in composing a class story.

Standard 4-Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

Key ideas -

4. Students will explore art and artifacts from various historical periods and world cultures to discover the roles that art plays in the lives of people of a given time and place and to understand how the time and place influence the visual characteristics of the art work. Students will explore art to understand the social, cultural and environmental dimensions of human society.

Performance indicators -


  • Look at and discuss a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art works from different times and different cultures and learn that art tells us something about those people.
  • Look at art and artifacts from different cultures of the United States and discuss what they look like.
  • Make a work of art based on an image or a design that they see in a work of art from another period or another culture


National Visual Arts Standards                                                                    National Standards have been established for arts education in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. National Visual Arts Standards are as follows.

Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

  • Students know the difference between materials, techniques and processes.
  • Students describe how different materials, techniques and processes cause different responses.
  • Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • Students use art materials and tools in safe and responsible manner.

Using knowledge of structures and functions

  • Students know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas.
  • Students describe how different expressive features and organizational principles cause different responses.
  • Students use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas.

Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas

  • Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.
  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

  • Students know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places.
  • Students demonstrate how history, culture and the visual arts can influence each other in making and studying works of art.

Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their [a student's own] work and the work of others

  • Students understand that there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.
  • Students describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks.
  • Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks.

Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

  • Students understand and use similarities and differences between characteristics of the visual arts and other arts disciplines.
  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.

Dover Union Free School District   2368 Rt 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 832-4500   Fax: (845) 832-4511

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

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