Chester Art Philosophy and Standards

Chester, Deep River, Essex Elementary Art Education Philosophy

Art education develops critical, creative, and divergent problem solvers through the study of artistic creation, presentation, personal response, and cultural connections. Our visual arts program exposes students to a variety of art concepts, genres, artists mediums, skills, techniques and a myriad of opportunities to problem solve, think critically and creatively. Art education provides communication skills and experiences in understanding one’s self and others. These experiences cultivate an appreciation of the visual arts, and provide students with the tools they need to express their ideas visually. We empower all students to see themselves as capable of achievement in visual arts.

Our elementary art program is based on a sequential building of artistic processes and experiences developed with knowledge of State and National Standards in visual arts. Students receive art instruction once on a four-day rotation for 45 minutes.



Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.


Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.

Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.

Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.


Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.