Vision for 21st Century Visual Art

A 21st century visual art curriculum is an increasingly important aspect of developing learners prepared for success in the 21st century.  Thus, the West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education are pleased to present Policy 2520.12, 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools.  The West Virginia Visual Art Standards for 21st Century Learning include 21st century content standards and objectives as well as 21st century standards and objectives for learning skills and technology tools.  This broadened scope of curriculum is built on the firm belief that quality engaging instruction must be built on a curriculum that triangulates rigorous 21st century content, 21st century learning skills and the use of 21st century technology tools.  


A committee of educators from different areas of the state convened to revise the content standards and objectives.  The overarching goal was to build a rigorous, relevant and challenging visual art curriculum that would prepare students for the 21st century.  West Virginia educators played a key role in shaping the content standards to align with national standards and best practice in the field of visual art education.  The contribution of these professionals was critical in creating a policy that is meaningful to classroom teachers and appears in a format that can easily be used and understood. 


Visual Arts Content Standards and Objectives 



West Virginia Art Education Association:​ 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History: 

National Art Education Association:

The world's largest kids' art museum:

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Contact Information

Coordinator, Dr. Ray Lowther (

Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Phone:  304-558-5325

FAX:  304-558-1834

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 6 Room 603, Charleston, WV  25305


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