K-12 Fine Arts 

Transfer Goals, Overarching Enduring Understandings, and Overarching Essential Questions

Transfer Goal #1: Create

Develop and nurture a personal creative process. 

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. The creative process inherently incorporates creativity, curiosity, risk-taking, problem-solving, and innovation.
  2. Artists communicate meaning by planning, organizing, discovering, and developing their work.
  3. Artists cultivate excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.
  4. Artists’ creative choices are influenced by their expertise, context, and expressive intent
  • How do artists generate creative ideas?
  • How do artists develop and refine works that convey purpose, meaning, and quality?
  • How do artists nurture the creative process?

Transfer Goal #2: Perform, Present and Produce

 Formulate ideas and perform, present, or produce works as an individual or in groups.

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. Artists use personal judgement when selecting techniques, methods, venues, and criteria for formulating ideas and presenting works to an audience.
  2. Artists share and present works, performances, and ideas to explore the human experience.
  3. Artists develop personal processes and skills as an individual or as part of a group to produce a performance or design.
  • How does an artist know when a creative work is ready to share?
  • How does an artistic work create a shared experience between the creator and audience?
  • How is an artist’s work shaped by an individual or group performance?

 

 

 

Transfer Goal #3:  Respond

Critically interpret, evaluate and respond to art created by self and other artists. 

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. An artist identifies characteristics and qualities of artwork to improve one’s own production and appreciation.
  2. Artistic and audience interpretation is subjective and based on personal experiences and aesthetic preferences.
  3. Reflection, evaluation, and critique are critical components of appreciating, interpreting and responding to artistic works.
  • How can the same work of art communicate different messages to different people?
  • How do audiences seek meaning when seeing a performance or work of art?
  • How do we judge the quality of works and performances?
  • What can we learn from our responses to art?
  • How is a personal preference different from an evaluation?

 

 


Transfer Goal #4:  Connect

Relate and connect artistic ideas and works in the real world.

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. Artists explore the ways others have thought about processes and production to inform their own work.
  2. Artistic ideas are better understood when relating them to various contexts (historical, cultural, and social) and personal experiences.
  3. Making connections to life’s experiences enhances an artist’s ability to create, perform, and respond.
  • How does art connect people to their surroundings?
  • How does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places, and cultures?
  • How does making art build personal awareness and understanding in our own lives and communities?
  • How does art preserve aspects of life  for future generations?

 

 

 


Transfer Goal #5: Persevere

Apply discipline and perseverance towards developing artistic foundations to accomplish future goals. 

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. Individuals grow by pursuing future goals and artistic endeavors, and persevering with discipline helps them reach their goals.
  2. Artists often make and stand by deliberate or unexpected choices to develop their own artistic foundation.
  • How does an artist sustain a career?
  • What is the connection between perseverance and the artist’s process?
  • How do mistakes teach an artist about his or her own personal process and development?
  • Why or how do artists make bold or unexpected choices?
  • How can an individual’s perseverance be developed through artistic endeavors?

 


Transfer Goal #6:  Empathize

Empathize and understand the human condition as well as the responsibility of citizenship through the arts. 

Enduring Understandings

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Essential Questions

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  1. Through the experience of immersion in the arts, an artist’s sense of empathy will be challenged and expanded.
  2. A strongly formed empathetic identity positively impacts an individual’s sense of responsibility and role as a citizen.
  3. Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with the arts can lead to the understanding and appreciation of the human condition.
  • How do the arts expand and challenge one’s sense of empathy?
  • How do artists use their own experiences to connect to material that is out of their realm of experience?
  • How do arts help to develop an understanding of the human condition?
  • How do artistic experiences develop an audience’s empathy?
  • Why is it essential for artists to use perspective-taking skills and vicarious experiences to develop their process?

HWRSD Fine Arts Transfer Goals, 6.21.16