Visual Arts/Media Technology
Skills for the Visual Arts Program

  • Identify Hazards and Safe Practices in the Workplace
  • Maintains clean and safe work area and classroom
  • Examine careers in art-related Fields
  • Understand the range of possibilities within the career field, determine where their skills and abilities fit within that range
  • Cultivate attributes essential for working in the art: attention to detail, stamina, and self- discipline
  • Respond to the work of a living artist
  • Observe an exhibition and report on it orally and/or in writing
  • Provide examples of ways to alter a work schedule to allow for more job sharing among two or more employees
  • Work collaboratively in leadership roles and as members of a team
  • Identify rubrics with criteria for assessment of individual art works
  • Participate in a panel discussion on a topic related to the arts
  • Plan a two-week activity that requires tasks to be divided among students or coworkers, including determining priorities and following timelines
  • Critique final work in class setting


  • Locate the basic components of a computer system and state their uses
  • Navigate the Internet through search engines
  • Use the local network to communicate and send files
  • Organize files and folders
  • Take the proper steps to make an inoperative printer work
  • Evaluate why a school computer, ipod, ipad, or other digital device is not working


  • Create a series of drawings/paintings that demonstrate competency in a wide range of media
  • Execute descriptive, accurate drawings/painitngs based on observation
  • Identify and use drawing tools skillfully
  • Draw the human head proportionately


  • Use appropriate terminology - camera parts, card readers, apeture, etc.
  • Show proper camera and lighting set-up
  • Modify photograph through photo editing software


  • Demonstrate the use of the elements and priniciples of art
  • Compare how ideas are communicated through the use of the elements and principles of art in diverse artwork
  • Apply mathematical terminology to design, proportion, scale, perspective
  • Recognize a problem and design steps to solve the problem
  • Evaluate a variety of options suggested, select an option, explain the reason for the selection, and provide the strategies for implementation
  • Give and accept constructive criticism in a group project
  • ?Evaluate and discuss what makes a website effective
  • Brainstorm ideas to create a personal website
  • Choose portfolio artwork, links, artist statements, etc. to use in personal website
  • Design a website using appropriate technology and computer applications
  • Present website in a class critique
  • Create a slide show on the VAM Website


  • Analyze existing logo designs
  • Brainstorm, apply and evaluate logo ideas through thumbnail sketches
  • Create logo using appropriate technology and computer applications


  • View and discuss documentary about advertising
  • Employ electronic media to communicate visual ideas and promotional/advertising campaigns
  • Create packaging mock-ups
  • Compare and contrast raster and vector images


  • Use Related Terminology
  • Create a Video or Animation storyboard for a short video or animation
  • Produce a Video or an Animation using a logical sequence of shots
  • Evaluate the footage/transitions/Audio/Text and problem solve as needed
  • Employ Scientific Theory and Critical Thinking Skills throughout the editing process
  • Demonstrate key framing and use of a timeline
  • Develop a visual presentation using visual aids to explain how something operates or a “how to”.


  • Design a floor plan/layout for a home with an art studio (graphics, music, architecture or illlustration studio)
  • Demonstarte the use of graph paper and its grid
  • Use the computer to redraw the plan view in a 3D computer program
  • Select appropriate colors, flooring, etc.to finish designing the house


  • Discuss copyright laws and how the apply to art, photography and music
  • Explain royalty-free and fair use regulations
  • Show behaviors that comply with social, legal, and ethical requirements of the arts


  • Assemble a body of original work that demonstrates competence in the professional practices of a specific career
  • Create original works that demonstrate that they are adventurous, courageous, curious, imaginative, independent, and inventive
  • Document activities with photographs, sketchbooks, tapes, videos, or written journals
  • Display diligence and perseverance in the face of unpleasant tasks
  • Understand how to manage time and materials efficiently
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