Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.11. Art, Grade 3.

(a) Introduction.

(1) Four basic strands–perception,
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.


The student develops and
organizes ideas from the environment.

student is expected to:

(A) identify sensory knowledge
and life experiences as sources for ideas about visual
symbols, self, and life events; and

(B) identify art elements
such as color, texture, form, line, space, and value
and art principles such as emphasis, pattern, rhythm,
balance, proportion, and unity in artworks.

(3.2) Creative

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

The student is expected

(A) create artworks based
on personal observations and experiences;

(B) develop a variety of
effective compositions, using design skills; and

(C) produce drawings, paintings,
prints, constructions, ceramics, and fiberart, using
a variety of art materials appropriately.

(3.3) Historical/cultural

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

The student is expected

(A) compare content in
artworks from the past and present for various purposes
such as telling stories and documenting history and

(B) compare selected artworks
from different cultures; and

(C) relate art to different
kinds of jobs in everyday life.

(3.4) Response/evaluation.

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

The student is expected

(A) identify general intent
and expressive qualities in personal artworks; and

(B) apply simple criteria to identify main ideas in
original artworks, portfolios, and exhibitions by peers
and major artists.