Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 2 - Visual Arts


Create works of art about events in home, school, or community life.

Unpacked Content

Essential Questions

EU: Through artmaking, people make meaning by investigating and developing awareness of perceptions, knowledge, and experiences.
EQ: How does engaging in creating art enrich people's lives? How does making art attune people to their surroundings? How do people contribute to awareness and understanding of their lives and the lives of their communities through artmaking?

Skills Examples

  • Students compare, contrast and discuss how art can reflect artists' personal experiences or interests.
  • Compare materials and techniques in works of art using descriptive language.
  • Identify and share the uses of visual arts outside the classroom.
  • Teacher provides a diverse selection of artworks that represents different times and places for student viewing and discusses subject matter with students.
  • Recognize and respect cultural differences in works of art.
  • Compare and contrast Australian Aboriginal dot painting and Plains Indians pictographs.


  • Principles of design
    • Balance
  • Brainstorming
  • Composition
  • Concepts
  • Characteristic
  • Elements of art
    • Space
    • Value
  • Expressive properties
  • Foreground
  • Middle ground
  • Neutral colors
  • Resist

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 10: Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences.