National Fine Arts

The following performance indicators from the National Standards for the Fine Arts (2/98) are addressed in Odyssey Online.

Visual Arts Grades 5-8
Visual Arts Grades 9-12

Visual Arts Grades 5-8


  • Includes an emphasis on the study of historical and cultural contexts
  • Gives insights into the role played by the visual arts in human achievement
  • Demonstrates the extent to which the art of a culture is influenced by aesthetic ideas as well as social, political, economic and other factors
#4: Understanding art in relation to history and culture
  • Know and compare characteristics of artwork in various eras and cultures
  • Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural contexts
  • Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
#5: Assessing the characteristics of art
  • Analyze the context and historical meaning of a specific work through cultural and aesthetic inquiry
  • Compare multiple purposes for creating works of art
#6: Making connections to other disciplines
  • Compare works that share similar subject matter, historical periods or cultural contexts

Visual Arts Grades 9-12

#3 Understand how artworks differ aesthetically and describe how these are related to history and culture

#4 Differentiate among a variety of historical and cultural contexts in terms of character and purposes of art

#4 Describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times and places

#4 Analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups

#5 Identify the intentions of those creating artworks and explore the implications of various purposes

#5 Describe the meanings of artworks by analyzing how they are made and how they relate to historical and cultural contexts

#6 Compare the characteristics of visual arts within an historical period or style with ideas, issues or themes in the humanities or science.

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