Fine Arts Standards

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The Ohio Learning Standards for Fine Arts reflect the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in their personal and professional artistic pursuits. Underpinning the philosophical and lifelong goals of the Ohio Learning Standards for Fine Arts are the concepts of Artistic Literacy and the Artistic Process.

  • Artistic Literacy is the knowledge and understanding required to participate authentically in the arts.
  • Artistic Processes are the cognitive and physical actions by which arts learning and arts-making are realized.

When students use the Artistic Process, they draw from various kinds of knowledge and understanding about the arts to construct meaning. This process builds fluency in the symbolic and metaphoric forms that are both unique to the arts and transferable to a multitude of contexts.

2024 Fine Arts Standards

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Organization of the Standards

The Ohio Learning Standards for Fine Arts are structured around four Artistic Processes designed to answer the question: What do artists do? These Artistic Processes focus instruction on the artistic and cognitive rigor involved in the process of artmaking and cultivation of Artistic Literacy.

The Artistic Processes are consistent across all five arts disciplines:

  • Creating: Artists/students conceive and develop new artistic ideas and work.
  • Performing: Artists/students realize artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.
  • Responding: Artists/students understand and evaluate how the arts convey meaning.
  • Connecting: Artists/students relate artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external content.

Each artistic process has an aligned Enduring Understanding which is also shared across all five artistic disciplines. Enduring Understandings are what students will carry forward from the instruction and set students up for success in both the arts and in life.
Enduring Understandings are the big picture goals for student learning through the enactment of the Artistic Processes. They underpin the performance indicators and drive curricular and instructional choices. The content statements serve as guideposts, or performance indicators, to support the cultivation of Artistic Literacy.

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Last Modified: 7/9/2024 4:10:51 PM