Independent Studies in Art Grades 9-12

This is an advanced course providing the student an in-depth individualized opportunity to work with two or three-dimensional media.

Performing and Creating
11-7a. Communicate ideas using new and traditional materials at a high level of effectiveness, dealing with more complex examples of art in increasingly sophisticated ways.• Through critique and discussion, demonstrate the ability to process reasons for creating a piece of art.
1-617b. Integrate learned and advanced techniques and forms to create a work of art in a desired medium.• Explore higher education, institutional, and scholarship opportunities.
1-63-6,81-51-4c. Demonstrate the ability to express ideas through visual arts, discussion, and writing.• Collaborate with others when developing and creating a piece of art.
1-64,5,841,6d. Develop and refine personal artistic skills and self-expression through selected projects.• Use and explore new and traditional mediums and processes in developing a viable portfolio.
1-64,81e. Demonstrate the capacity for creative thought, abstract problem solving, and sequential decision-making as the learning process is applied to the creation of works of art.• Investigate careers or post secondary courses that are related to the student’s choice of mediums.
1-741-61-8f. Set, pursue, and readily adjust art-making goals by recognizing and judging new possibilities as they emerge.• Explore different technology and media in a chosen area of study.
• Explore opportunities to exhibit work.
History and Culture
71-91-64-6a. Research and discuss the varied roles of ritual and tradition in art.• Research, study, and compare a similar art form from two cultures.
1-91-52-6b. Identify relationships between artists, historical periods, and the creation of different pieces of art.• Compare and contrast students’ artwork with important historical artwork.
71-91,2,43-5c. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of the student’s past experiences and cultures.• Identify universal themes throughout various historical periods, and the influences on the creation of different pieces of art.
1-91-62-7d. Investigate the relationships among the related art fields, the individual, society, community, and the environment.
41-81,22-7e. Identify universal themes and how they are reflected in the works of art.

*Prerequisites: Credit with grade C or higher in Introduction and Intermediate Art or instructor’s permission required

Performing and Creating
1-81-55a. Examine historical and contemporary works of art.
1-81-5b. Analyze principles and interpret meaning in an increasingly sophisticated way.• Use description, analysis, interpretation, and judgment to critique art.
3-73-54,5c. Respect the opinions of others concerning art work.
4,81-51,2,6,7d. Use appropriate vocabulary to express and support opinions about an art form.• Use written, oral, or performance methods to respond to art.
Aesthetic Perception
1-83-51-7a. Recognize that personal opinions are a reflection of the student’s own past experiences and culture.• Write a personal definition of art and beauty. Find and share examples that support one’s definition.
1-921-8b. Understand the impact of the arts and aesthetic experiences upon historic and contemporary life and society.• Make a judgment about the success of a piece of artwork.
1-81, 3-51-7c. Identify and discuss the characteristics of successful works of art.• Share feelings about the significance of the arts and how they are part of life.
1-91-51-8d. Demonstrate sensitivity to the diversified experiences and personal preferences that people embrace through the arts.• Discuss issues related to aesthetics, artists, values in art, and other related topics.
1-63-61-51-7e. Demonstrate the ability to express oneself through visual arts.


  • Concept assimilation and demonstration
  • Creativity
  • Participation in class
  • Portfolio
  • Public exhibit of work
  • Rubric
  • Safety habits
  • Skill growth and manipulatives
  • Time on task
  • Working to assignment parameter

*Prerequisites: Credit with grade C or higher in Introduction and intermediate Art or instructor’s permission

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