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The IPaintMyMind Art Guide and How It Satisfies National Art Standards

The IPaintMyMind Art Guide and How It Satisfies National Art Standards

Written by:
Lillie Therieau
Jan 25, 2021

The IPaintMyMind Art Guide, whether for Art Teachers or for Classroom Teachers through our Shared Walls program, or as our standalone Arts Education Curriculum & Resource Guide, has been intentionally crafted to fulfill National Art Standards. Our curriculum was developed by arts educators who are intimately familiar with these standards and who use them everyday in their classrooms. Beyond being fun, engaging, and relevant, our Art Guides will satisfy your curriculum standard requirements and ensure that you and your students are on the same page as other arts educators and their classrooms all across the country. 

The IPMM Art Guide, in whatever form you access it, is built on our “See, Think, Do” model of arts education. It draws on the idea that students who are exposed to art, will be inspired to think about what it means and how to create it, and ultimately learn to create their own work. 

Through the Art Guide, you will have access to dozens of artists in our Permanent Collection to discuss and engage with in your classroom. 

If you are using the IPMM Art Guide because you are a Shared Walls partner school, you will have a Shared Walls Art Gallery installed in your school, where a Featured Artist’s work is professionally installed and your students have year-round access to their art. If you are using our standalone resource, the Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide, you can feel free to choose one or many Featured Artists from the guide! The Art Guide includes lesson plans, activities, learning resources, and tons of engaging information, in addition to connecting you with our diverse community of working artists. 

Below, we walk you through just a few examples of how our Art Guide conforms to National Art Standards. If you have any questions about National Art Standards and our Art Guide, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by using this contact form

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Examples: Throughout the course of the Art Guide students will create an artist profile, create art inspired by Featured Artist and mock-up their ideas on Smart, as well as researching symbolism, written or visual in the Featured Artist’s work.

Anchor Standard #1. Students will generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work through the “See, Think, Do” pathway and their unique artistic creations whether through the mock-up lesson plan or many other activities. 

Anchor Standard #2. Your students will organize and develop artistic ideas and work. They will have the chance to think critically about art and discuss what different artistic choices and styles mean. They will be able to develop their own ideas inspired by the Featured Artist.

Anchor Standard #3. Learners will refine and complete artistic work through iterative activities, involving different rounds of creation, presentation, reflection, discussion, and ultimately more creation. 



Examples: Students will experience presenting through a Gallery Walk through their school’s IPMM Shared Walls art gallery (or virtual collection) looking at artists work and analyzing it. Then they will create a piece of art that will be displayed in the gallery each school ultimately creates. 

Anchor Standard #4. Students will select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation. They will learn how to describe different visual aspects of artwork, and how to employ descriptive language to convey a more precise description of a piece of art. They will draw their own conclusions about what art means and why the artist created it. 

Anchor Standard #5. Through the process of the Art Guide, students develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation. They learn skills and techniques, and practice them before completing a final project which they will present. 

Anchor Standard #6. Your students will convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work. They will learn how to express emotional responses to art, and how to synthesize visual impressions with information that they will learn about historical styles and artists’ background to provide a full and multifaceted presentation of what a piece of art means to them. 

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Examples: Students are honing skills related to responding anytime the Art Guide asks students to evaluate or critique work. They will also have the opportunity to email the Artist and ask questions regarding their work.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceiving and analyzing artistic work is a large part of Art Guide activities. Students are frequently asked to evaluate art, whether it is another artists’ or their own. They learn to look at art in new ways, and to notice details that may be meaningful or telling. 

Anchor Standard #8. Students will interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. They will form ideas about what an artist meant through a piece of art, or what message they are trying to express to their audience. They will present and defend their ideas in class discussions.

Anchor Standard #9. Students will learn to apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. They will be provided with frameworks and concepts that will allow them to evaluate art formally, stylistically, and historically. They will be able to apply these concepts and frameworks to their thinking about a new piece of art and use them to inform their understanding of the piece. 

Check out how our Art Guide satisfies National Art Standards.



Examples: One Group Project Activity called “Creative Team”, asks students to come up with branding and promotes shared values through artistic mediums. 

Anchor Standard #10. Students will synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art. The Art Guide stresses the importance of representation because of how important personal connections are to artmaking. Many activities ask students to create art that is inspired by personal experiences and knowledge.

Anchor Standard #11. Finally, students will relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding. They will learn to connect art with the time it was created within, and the identity of the artist who made it. They will scour the artwork for political and historical meaning to help enrich their understanding of what it might mean. 

If you’re a CPS teacher, click here to receive a FREE copy of our Art Guide for Art Teachers or Classroom Teachers as a gesture of our support during the pandemic. 

Purchase the IPaintMyMind Arts Education Curriculum and Resource Guide here

If you have any further questions about the Art Guide and National Art Standards, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Written by:
Lillie Therieau
Jan 25, 2021