Curricular considerations for advanced learners in the arts

Hope E. Wilson, University of North Florida


Fine arts in education can be seen as far more than extracurricular activities; rather, they are a central component of a comprehensive curriculum. This chapter includes an emphasis on both the visual and performing arts; however, greater emphasis and examples will be drawn from the visual arts. The visual arts include domains such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, textile and fabric arts, and computer graphic design. Many overarching concepts and themes may be appropriate and illuminating in teaching the visual and performing arts. Performing, presenting, and producing, involves the final product of artistic endeavors. Responding involves the analysis and evaluation of works of art, as well as understanding how components of art are used to create meaning. The arts provide an important bridge and interdisciplinary connections to academic subjects to enhance learning. The materials and resources for advanced students in the arts must provide appropriate opportunities for the continued development of talent.