Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.8. Art, Grade 2.

(a) Introduction.

(1) Four basic strandsperception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation–provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory, imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They express their thoughts and ideas creatively, while challenging their imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and problem-solving skills.

(2) By analyzing artistic styles and historical periods students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed judgments and evaluations.

(b) Knowledge and skills.

(2.1) Perception.

The student develops and organizes ideas from the environment.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify variations in objects and subjects from the environment, using the senses; and

(B) identify art elements such as color, texture, form, line, and space and art principles such as emphasis, pattern, and rhythm.

(2.2) Creative expression/performance.

The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using a variety of media with appropriate skill.

The student is expected to:

(A) express ideas and feelings in artworks, using a variety of colors, forms, and lines;

(B) create effective compositions, using design elements and principles; and

(C) identify and practice skills necessary for producing drawings, paintings, prints, constructions, and modeled forms, using a variety of art materials.

(2.3) Historical/cultural heritage.

The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture as records of human achievement.

The student is expected to:

(A) identify stories and constructions in a variety of artworks;

(B) compare ways individuals and families are depicted in different artworks; and

(C) identify different kinds of jobs in art.

(2.4) Response/evaluation.

The student makes informed judgments about personal artworks and the artworks of others.

The student is expected to:

(A) define reasons for preferences in personal artworks; and

(B) identify ideas in original artworks, portfolios, and exhibitions by peers and artists.