Fine Arts – Art and Music
The Illinois Learning Standards for Fine Arts were developed using the National Standards for Arts Education. District 103 adheres to the Illinois Learning Standards. Our most important goals throughout the Fine Arts program are to encourage students to reach their potential, gain confidence in their ability, think creatively, develop appreciation for various styles, and develop a positive feeling toward art and music and its integration into daily living.
The Grade Three art curriculum focuses on the following:
- identify and describe the principles of design ( unity, movement, contrast, rhythm, emphasis, pattern & balance).
- identify and describe monochromatic colors.
- review and enhance symmetry and non-symmetry.
- introduce perspective as the use of size and space to create an illusion of a 3 dimensional space on a 2 dimensional surface.
- create 3 dimensional works of art using a variety of materials. (i.e. clay*, wood, plaster, fibers, etc.).
- review the use of and understand the artistic process of printmaking, photography, weaving, and sculpture.
- review how the arts contribute to communication, celebrations and recreation (i.e. Native American art, art from the regions of the U.S., Egypt and etc.).
- explore the integration of art and other classroom curriculum areas (i.e. social studies, science, etc.).
- discuss and explore the range of visual careers (i.e. graphic artist, architecture, fashion, illustration, etc.).
To view the comprehensive Scope and Sequence of the District Art Curriculum, please visit the link below: District Art Curriculum
The Grade Three music curriculum* focuses on the following:
- recognize the difference between major and minor scales aurally
- know all solfege syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do)
- experiment with melodic improvisation
- know the major scale on the staff in whole, half, and quarter notes
- recognize the meter signs 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4
- recognize whole rest and half rest
- know the definition of fermata, ending bar, measure bar, and tied notes
- know and recognize chords
- recognize chord changes
- know and recognize melody and countermelody
- know the forms AB, ABA, and Rondo
- recognize theme and variation and its function
- know the four instrument families
- know the difference between a band and an orchestra
- identify soprano, alto, tenor, and bass and its use in instrumental and vocal music
* The music curriculum above is completed in 3rd & 4th grade
The comprehensive Scope and Sequence of the District Music Curriculum is currently under review. It will be posted when finalized.
An Optional Fine Arts Program is available to students in Grade Three. This includes: