• Upper Moreland School District
    Planned Course: Sculpture
    Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities

    9.1 Production, performance and exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts

    9.2 Historical and Cultural contexts

    9.3 Critical Response

    9.4 Aesthetic Response

    National Art Standards:

    NS1. Understanding and apply media, techniques, and processes

    NS2. Understanding of structures and functions

    NS3. Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

    NS4. Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

    NS5. Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

    NS6. Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

    Course Description:

    The goal of the Visual Art program is designed to enhance the artistic, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Art opportunities are provided for every child to learn the skills of creating, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating works of art. The Visual Art program will enable students to understand that art is a universal language interconnected to other content areas and cultures.

    In this course, the students will use art elements and design principles applied to three-dimensional problems found in the sculptural process. Examples of sculptural works include, but are not limited to the following media: clay, wire, plaster, wood, fabric, paper, cardboard, and found objects. Additive and subtractive sculptural techniques may include construction, assemblage, modeling and carving. Students will be given various problems to solve three dimensionally. Through the creative process, students will develop their ideas and arrive at a solution. Emphasis will be placed on craftsmanship, creativity, aesthetics, and art history. Students will be required to supply a sketchbook, drawing pencils and erasers.

    Specific and measurable objectives directly related to the academic standards to be achieved by students:

    Specific course objectives are related to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities and the National Visual Arts Standards.

    Content to be used to reach objectives:

    In order to offer a comprehensive, balanced visual art program, students are offered a wide variety of materials and experiences at varied levels and interests.


    In order to offer a comprehensive art education in which students will actively view, create, analyze, interpret and critique art and incoming visual stimuli, students are offered a wide variety of materials at varied levels and to accommodate many interests.

    LCD projector

    Assorted materials needed for sculpting

    Varied art materials needed to create finishes for sculpture

    Variety of tools needed for working with sculpture materials

    Wedging table

    Clay bins for recycling clay

    Sculpture books

    Instructional Activities:

    A standards-based Visual Arts program requires that our students develop viewing and thinking processes that are self-directed, collaborative, creative, critical, and reflective. Development of skills in art production, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism, and in visual literacy will be developed through the following instructional activities:


    • Differentiated instruction
    • Audio-visual presentations
    • Problem-solving
    • Research
    • Hands-on activities
    • Cooperative learning
    • Use of various tools and equipment
    • Written and verbal critiques – self, peer, group

    Estimated instructional time to be devoted to achieving objectives:

    This course will meet every day for 18 weeks.

    Procedures for measurement of student progress will include:

    • A variety of oral, written and performance assessments will be used to determine student progress.
    • Projects
    • Performance Assessments
    • Sketches
    • Written Assessments
    • Oral critiques
    • Formal and Informal Teacher Observations

    An explanation of how student grades will be determined:

    A student's grade will be determined by levels of participation, completion of projects, engagement with learning opportunities, critical thinking, and demonstration of skills. Assignments will vary in weight and will be used collectively to determine a student's grade.