Currently, New Haven follows the National Core Arts Standards who instill a four-layered approach for a holistic and comprehensive experience for educating art that includes Creating, Presenting, Responding and Connecting. My unit of study incorporates all four national standards and specifically applies all eleven anchors for those standards. The unit challenges students to “organize and develop artistic ideas and work”. The painting projects objective is to convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work, demonstrating another standard. Through the work students do in becoming aware of the cultural context for the painting, students achieve the challenge of “interpreting intent and meaning in artistic work” and then apply that sensibility to their own idea and process. The unit also provides the opportunity for students to “synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art” by “relating artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding”. The unit also meets two common core standards that New Haven Public Schools follows for Social Studies and English Literacy including “Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them” and “compare the point of view of two or more artists for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.