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Standard 3.Uses critical and creative thinking in various arts and communication settings
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Understands specific principles and techniques used to solve problems in various art forms (e.g., using the elements of art and principles of design to solve specific art problems; using the design process to address design problems; using the elements of music and theory to resolve problems associated with music composition)
   2. Understands that art is created and revised according to artistic decisions
   3. Uses personal experiences to create original artistic, musical, and dramatic products (e.g., composing music in distinct styles for voice and instruments; improvising harmonizing parts, rhythmic and melodic variation; constructing original scripts; creating different types of visual arts including jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, drawings, and paintings)
   4. Understands the importance of practice in the arts (e.g., its role in improvement of skills; how practice contributes to how well a person learns; how practice makes some skills automatic)
   5. Understands the role of criticism and revision in the arts and communication
   6. Understands techniques used when engaging in personal and organizational risk-taking in different arts and communication settings (e.g., weighing risks in decision-making and problem-solving; selecting appropriate courses of action; achieving personal goals)
   7. Understands how personal experience can influence interpretations of different art forms
   8. Knows ways in which different sources are used to produce art forms (e.g., personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings; real and imaginary sources; nature and the constructed environment; experimentation; events; the human senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste)