The State defines a balanced, comprehensive arts program as one in which the arts are studied as discrete disciplines related to each other and, when appropriate, to other subject areas in the curriculum. Students in a comprehensive program are expected to master the content of an arts discipline as outlined in the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards  or the Visual and Performing Arts Framework .
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Arts disciplines include dance, music, theater, and visual arts. For each of these disciplines, the California State Standards are broken down by grade level and are further grouped by strands as follows:
  • Artistic Perception: Processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through language and skills unique to the discipline.
  • Creative Expression: Creation, performance and participation in the discipline.
  • Historical and Cultural Context: Understanding historical contributions and cultural dimensions of the discipline.
  • Aesthetic Valuing: Responding to, analyzing, and making judgments about works of art.
  • Connections, Relationships, Applications: Connecting and applying what is learned in the discipline to other art forms and subject areas and to careers.

Additionally, the National Core Arts Standards call out four artistic processes:

  • Creating: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
  • Performing/Presenting/Producing: Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
  • Responding: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
  • Connecting: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experience to make art.