The standards for grade seven continue to emphasize exploration, analysis, and investigation of the creative process. Students will develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students will acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. In addition, students will become aware of a variety of art careers that they may consider. They will develop inquiry skills and vocabulary as they explore the meaning of works of art, using analysis of subject matter, themes, and symbols. Students will develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.