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Topic: Purpose and meaning of art 

Visual Arts

 Standard 2.  Knows how to use structures (e.g., sensory qualities, organizational principles, expressive features) and functions of art
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   Benchmark 1.Knows the differences among visual characteristics (e.g., color, texture) and purposes of art (e.g., to convey ideas)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows visual characteristics of art
     2.Knows that color is a visual characteristic of art
     3.Knows that texture is a visual characteristic of art
     4.Knows that art has a purpose
     5.Knows that one purpose of art is to convey ideas
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how the characteristics and structures of art are used to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other artistic intentions
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how artistic intentions are accomplished through the characteristics and structures of art
     2.Understands how the characteristics and structures of art are used to accomplish commercial intentions
     3.Understands how the characteristics and structures of art are used to accomplish personal intentions
     4.Understands how the characteristics and structures of art are used to accomplish communal intentions
 Standard 3.  Knows a range of subject matter, symbols, and potential ideas in the visual arts
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   Benchmark 2.Knows how subject matter, symbols, and ideas are used to communicate meaning
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how subject matter is used to communicate meaning
     2.Knows how symbols are used to communicate meaning
     3.Knows how ideas are used to communicate meaning
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 1.Knows how visual, spatial, and temporal concepts integrate with content to communicate intended meaning in one’s artworks
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows how visual concepts integrate with content to communicate intended meaning in one’s artworks
     2.Knows how spatial concepts integrate with content to communicate intended meaning in one’s artworks
     3.Knows how temporal concepts integrate with content to communicate intended meaning in one’s artworks
   Benchmark 2.Knows different subjects, themes, and symbols (through context, value, and aesthetics) which convey intended meaning in artworks
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows different subjects that convey intended meaning in artworks
     2.Knows different themes that convey intended meaning in artworks
     3.Knows different symbols that convey intended meaning in artworks
 Standard 4.  Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 3.Understands how factors of time and place (e.g., climate, resources, ideas, technology) influence visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how factors of time and place can influence visual characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art
     2.Understands how factors of time and place can influence spatial characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art
     3.Understands how factors of time and place can influence temporal characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art
     4.Understands how the climate of a place can influence the visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics of a work of art
     5.Understands how available resources can influence the visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics of a work of art
     6.Understands how ideas can influence the visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics of a work of art
     7.Understands how technology can influence the visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics of a work of art
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows a variety of historical and cultural contexts regarding characteristics and purposes of works of art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows a variety of historical contexts regarding characteristics of works of art
     2.Knows a variety of historical contexts regarding purposes of works of art
     3.Knows a variety of cultural contexts regarding characteristics of works of art
     4.Knows a variety of cultural contexts regarding purposes of works of art
   Benchmark 2.Knows the function and meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows the function and meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures
     2.Knows the function and meaning of specific art objects from varied times
     3.Knows the function and meaning of specific art objects from varied places
 Standard 5.  Understands the characteristics and merits of one's own artwork and the artwork of others
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   Benchmark 1.Discusses and evaluates the intentions and meanings of his or her own artwork and the work of others
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Tells what they like about their artwork
     2.Tells what they like about the artwork of others
     3.Talks about the meaning of their artwork
     4.Talks about the meaning of others’ artwork
  Level II (Grade K-4)
   Benchmark 1.Knows various purposes for creating works of visual art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that art is created for a variety of reasons
     2.Knows that art has a purpose
  Level III (Grade 5-8)
   Benchmark 1.Distinguishes among multiple purposes for creating works of art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that a work of art can have more than one purpose
     2.Knows how to distinguish among multiple purposes of art
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Identifies intentions of those creating artworks
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the concept of artistic intention
   Benchmark 2.Understands some of the implications of intention and purpose in particular works of art
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the implications of artistic intention in specific works of art
     2.Understands the implications of artistic purpose in specific works of art