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State Standards - Visual Arts

  • “Technical skills can be learned by almost anyone who has the determination to pursue it, but innovative ideas and the ability to express them come from some place beyond the material world.” --Carole Ann Borges
  • “Art exists in the space between nature and significance.” --Levi Strauss

Exploration of visual arts and design processes is about invention, creation, and innovation. Building on the development of ideas through a process of inquiry, discovery, and research leads to the creation of works of art, and, whether using traditional materials or the latest technologies, prepares students to be independent, lifelong learners. Participation in the visual arts provides students with unique experiences and skills that develop important traits for success in the 21st century workforce. Studying art and design involves inquiry, posing and solving problems, perseverance, re-purposing, taking risks, and persuading and inspiring. (Read more about the Colorado Visual Arts Standards.)

2009/2010 Visual Arts Standards:

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Visual Arts Standards by Grade

Access Family and Community Guides to the Visual Arts standards here.

2020 Visual Arts Standards

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Visual Arts Supporting Materials

For website assistance in Visual Arts, please contact Karol Gates.

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