SDE: Visual Arts

Visual Arts

{A student painting in art class} “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.” –State Board of Education (2006)


Overview of Connecticut's Common Arts Assessment Initiative [PDF]

CT Common Arts Assessment Powerpoint [PDF
] [PPT] (Large file, loads slowly) 


Teachers & Administrators
  • Visual Arts Content and Performance Standards and Glossary [PDF] [DOC]
  • Connecticut Curriculum Trace Maps - Visual Arts
    A resource designed to help curriculum developers and teachers translate Connecticut's K-12 performance standards into objectives and classroom practice.

      Teaching Visual Arts in Connecticut  

      Professional Organizations

      Professional Development Opportunities



Jackie Coleman
Education Consultant for the Arts
Office of Academics
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06145
Phone: 860-713-6592
Major Responsibilities:
   Media Arts
   Visual Arts


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