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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.53. Art, Level II.

(a) General requirements.

Students may fulfill fine arts and elective requirements for graduation by successfully completing one or more of the following art courses: Drawing II, Painting II, Printmaking II, Fibers II, Ceramics II, Sculpture II, Jewelry II, Photography II, Electronic Media II (one credit per course). The prerequisite for each Level II art course is one credit of Art I.

(b) 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.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

(1) Perception.

The student develops and organizes ideas from the environment.

The student is expected to:

(A) interpret visual parallels between the structures of natural and human-made environments; and

(B) compare suitability of art materials and processes to express specific ideas relating to visual themes, using precise art vocabulary.

(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) formulate multiple solutions to expand personal themes that demonstrate intent;

(B) apply design skills in creating practical applications, clarifying presentations, and defining choices made by consumers; and

(C) select from a variety of art media and tools to communicate specific ideas in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiberart, jewelry, photography/filmmaking, and electronic media-generated art.

(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) study a selected historical period or style of art;

(B) analyze specific characteristics of artworks in various cultures; and

(C) select and research career and avocational choices in art.

(4) Response/evaluation.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) select and critique artworks in progress, making decisions about future directions in personal work; and

(B) select and critique original artworks, portfolios, and exhibitions by peers or others.