Visual & Performing Arts - Content Standards
This page is offered as a courtesy public service announcement regarding state
standards. WPS offers a wide choice of visual and performing arts meeting or exceeding
recommended state standards.
The arts are a dynamic presence in our daily lives, enabling us to express our creativ-
ity while challenging our intellect. Through the arts, children have a unique means
of expression that captures their passions and emotions and allows them to explore
ideas, subject matter, and culture in delightfully different ways. Achievement in
the arts cultivates essential skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking,
effective planning, time management, teamwork, effective communication, and an understanding
of technology. The visual and performing arts standards presented here are comprehensive
and pro- vide important guidance for schools to pre- pare curricula for students
in prekindergarten through grade twelve. For the four disciplines of dance, music,
theatre, and visual arts— each with its own body of knowledge and skills—the standards
are organized into five strands that are woven throughout all artistic experiences.
The standards incorporate both traditional means of artistic expression and newer
media, such as cinematography, video, and computer-generated art.
View the full text of the
Visual & Performing Arts, Adopted January 2001 Content Standards at