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Fine Arts: Visual Arts Introduction

The DoDEA Visual Arts Program for Kindergarten through twelfth grade has four primary goals.

  1. Create Works of Art
    Refers to the creating of art works, art vocabulary, skills development, and learning about the elements and principles of design.
  2. Demonstrate Aesthetic Perception
    Focus upon acute awareness, well-developed observation, appreciation, taste, sense of beauty, intuitiveness, insight, and comprehension.
  3. Develop a Knowledge of Art Heritage
    Delineates the expected outcomes of learning about cultures, individual artists, art masterpieces, and art careers.
  4. Utilize Critical Judgment of the Visual Arts
    Refers to recognition of differences, evaluation, analysis, comparison, appraisal, discrimination, and wisdom in artistic choices.

These goals, through which the learning outcomes of the art program are determined, are aligned with the DoDEA K-12 Visual Arts Standards and the National Standards for Visual Arts Education.


The K-12 Visual Arts Standards provide a framework for students to:

  • Learn the visual arts by using a wide range of subject matter, symbols, meaningful images, and visual expressions.
  • Reflect their ideas, feelings and emotions.
  • Evaluate the merits of their efforts.

The Visual Arts Standards also address these objectives by promoting the acquisition of:

  • New ways of thinking, working, communicating, reasoning, and investigation.
  • Enduring ideas, concepts, issues, dilemmas and knowledge.
  • New techniques, approaches, and work habit

Contact Information:

DoDEA Visual Arts Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400
Phone: 571-372-6027