Pennsylvania Art Standards

  • In the attached file, you will find the Pennsylvania Academic State Standards for the Arts and Humanities.  These standards were written by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in July 2002.   Please take a few moments to read the beginning paragraphs taken directly from the document.

    XXVI.  INTRODUCTION

    The Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of grades 3, 5, 8 and 12 in the visual and performing arts and the understanding about humanities context within the arts. The arts include dance, music, theatre and visual arts.  The arts and the humanities are interconnected through the inclusion of history, criticism and aesthetics.  In addition, the humanities include literature and language, philosophy, social studies and world languages.  The areas encompassed in the humanities such as jurisprudence, comparative religions and ethics are included among other standards documents.  The interconnected arts and humanities areas are divided into these standards categories:

    à    9.1.   Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts

    à    9.2.   Historical and Cultural Contexts

    à    9.3.   Critical Response

    à        9.4.   Aesthetic Response

    The Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities define the content for planned instruction that will result in measurable gains for all students in knowledge and skills and provide a basis of learning for continued study in the arts.  The unifying themes of production, history, criticism and aesthetics are common to each area of study within the Academic Standards in the Arts and Humanities.

    -            Dance Education is a kinesthetic art form that satisfies the human need to respond to life experiences through movement of the physical being.

    -            Music Education is an aural art form that satisfies the human need to respond to life experiences through singing, listening and/or playing an instrument.

    -            Theatre Education is an interdisciplinary art form that satisfies the human need to express thoughts and feelings through written text, dramatic interpretation and multimedia production.

    -            Visual Arts Education is a spatial art form that satisfies the human need to respond to life experiences through images, structures and tactile works.

    -            Humanities Education is the understanding and integration of human thought and accomplishment.


    Knowledge of the Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities incorporates carefully developed and integrated components:

    -               Application of problem solving skills

    -               Extensive practice in the comprehension of basic symbol systems and abstract concepts

    -               Application of technical skills in practical production and performance

    -               Comprehension and application of the creative process

    -               Development and practice of creative thinking skills

    -               Development of verbal and nonverbal communication skills

     

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