Every student needs and deserves a high-quality education in visual arts. The arts are an integral component of the comprehensive curriculum provided to all Connecticut students at every grade. They play an essential role in the daily lives of citizens and are essential to the expression of human experience. An understanding and appreciation of the arts, as well as the ability to participate in the arts, are essential attributes of an educated person.

Source: Connecticut State Department of Education




  • Students differentiate between a variety of media, techniques and processes
  • Students use the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas
  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning
  • Students identify possible improvements in the process of creating their own work


  • Students select media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, reflect on their choices, and analyze what makes them effective
  • Students select and use the elements of art and principles of design to improve communication of their ideas
  • Students consider and compare the sources for subject matter, symbols and ideas in their own and others’ work  
  • Students describe/analyze their own growth over time in relation to specific criteria

High School

  • Students conceive and create original works of art that demonstrate a connection between personal expression and the intentional use of art materials, techniques and processes
  • Students judge the effectiveness of different ways of using visual characteristics in conveying ideas
  • Students use subject matter, symbols, ideas and themes that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, and cultural and aesthetic values to communicate intended meaning
  • Students apply critical and aesthetic criteria for the purpose of improving their own works of art


Hartford Youth Art Renaissance Showcase 2021



National Arts Standards

ArtsEdge – The Kennedy Centre in Washington has a bank of lesson plans and full learning situations with accompanying resource materials which could be adapted to fit the QEP. Many are transdisciplinary. The bank is searchable by arts subject, other subjects and grade level.

ArtsEdNet – The Getty’s Art Education web site with links to lesson plans, curriculum ideas, image galleries and exhibitions. A chat section is included in the site for educators to exchange ideas.

Inkscape –  professional quality vector graphics software which runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows desktop computers.



Tracy Avicolli Director of the Arts & Wellness 860-695-8818
Kara Arnold Curriculum Specialist 860-695-8792