National Core Arts Standards: Visual Arts — Grade 8

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Make art collaboratively to reflect on and reinforce positive aspects of group identity.


Distinguish different ways art is used to represent, establish, reinforce, and reflect group identity


Document early stages of the creative process visually and/or verbally in traditional or new media.


Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.


Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.


Demonstrate awareness of practices, issues, and ethics of appropriation, fair use, copyright, open source, and creative commons as they apply to creating works of art and design.


Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.


Apply relevant criteria to examine, reflect on, and plan revisions for a work of art or design in progress.


Develop and apply criteria for evaluating a collection of artwork for presentation


Collaboratively prepare and present selected theme based artwork for display, and formulate exhibition narratives for the viewer.


Analyze why and how an exhibition or collection may influence ideas, beliefs, and experiences.


Explain how a persons aesthetic choices are influenced by culture and environment and impact the visual image that one conveys to others.


Compare and contrast contexts and media in which viewers encounter images that influence ideas, emotions, and actions.


Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, artmaking approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.


Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.