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Art Education is a compulsory subject in primary school from grade 1-5.
In Art Education students learn to produce and analyze images. Students will be able to observe, reflect, use and understand imagery for communication and expression. Art Education is an artistic-aesthetic subject in which students give visual expression for experiences, attitudes, feelings and fantasies and thus acquire recognition of themselves and understanding of the world.

Art Education is based on three competence areas:

  • Creating Images
  • Reflecting and responding to Images
  • Communicating through Images

Art Education develop skills and knowledge within drawing, graphic, painting, photos, sculpture, animation, architecture, and our visual environment in general.

Art Education prepares students for participation in the visual culture that surrounds them. Students’ increasing use of digital visual media has realized the need for general skills in order to encode and decode visual expression. Imagery work is part of students’ personal and social development and has, among other things importance to their identity. Art processes are based on topics and themes that are of importance to students and society, as well as taking into acount cross-cutting themes. Art education introduces different materials, tools and techniques related to image content and students’ prerequicites and development. Through practical work students achieve a solid experience of imagery, materials and the techniques opportunities. The curriculum describes the teaching progression in Art Education that provide a basis for students’ artistic development and interdisciplinary work

Competence Area


Competence Objectives

Students develop competences by creating, experiencing and responding to pictures

The students are able to perceive, reflect, use and understand the language of art in communicative and innovative processe

Overall Qualifications

Students understand how the visual elements can be created and arranged to express ideas.

The visual elements include: Line, shape, color, texture, and volumes in plane, spatial and digital images


Students understand how visual art tools, techniques, and materials can be used in drawing, painting, digital graphic, printmaking, collage, sculpture, architecture, and animation with gradual emphasis on current topics and thematization

Competence Area


Competence Aims

By working with plane, spatial and electronic pictures, the students acquire skills and knowledge about art, media and other visual means of expression and communication as a basis for expressing themselves in pictures and other visual forms

Overall Qualifications

Students reflect on their selection and use of visual elements, tools, materials and techniques to fit their purpose and/or audience


Students respond to how artists in other times and places have used visual elements, tools, materials and techniques

Competence Area


Competence Aims

As participants in and co-creators of culture, and as part of their creative development and aesthetic education, the students develop their knowing about pictures within art and media, as they appear in local and global cultures

Overall Qualifications

By participating as creators and viewers, students understand that visual art enhances the lives of individuals and communities