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Re: Philosophy for Curriculum

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Mon, 16 Sep 1996 17:17:32 -0700 (PDT)

Sandy Poos asked for help developing a written philosphy for her elementary
Art curriculum. I think what she wrote was good - but here are the 4
standards that the state of New York is using for their Framework for the
Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Dance, & Theatre) curriculum guide. Maybe these
could be of use.

1. Creating, performing and participating in the arts.

Elementary level performance indicators:
- create simple original works, compositons, performances;
- understand some basic elements, concepts, and skilss that constitue a
given arts discipline;
- take part in individual and group productions, exhibitions, and performances;
- explore and extend their range of skills, techniques, and understandings.

2. Knowing and using arts materials and resources.

Elementary level performance indicators :
- know about and use the materials and mediums for creation and performance
in the arts;
- know about and use school and community resources (e.g., libraries,
museums, and galleries) for locating opportunities, materials, and
information related to the arts;
- know about some arts-related careers.

3. Responding to and analyzing works of art.

Elementary level performance indicators:
- express their understanding and opinion of particular works in each of
the art disciplines, using some appropriate terminology;
- use some given criteria to analyze and evaluate their own art works and
the work of other artists;
- show their understanding of the ways in which each of the arts is related
to the other arts and to other areas of human knowldege and experience.

4. Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.

Elementary level indicators:
- identify some of the representative styles of selected cultures;
- create, perform, exhibit, and analyze works that show the influence of
different cultures and historical periods;
- show orally or in writing how a particular art work reflects the artist's

As you can imagine, the performance indicators get more complex for the
Intermediate and Commencement levels. Hope this is helpful.

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617