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 Six art curriculum focuses on the following:
- distinguish changes in value.( tints, tones shades & blends ).
- recognize proportion as a measure or scale of size to which an object is in relationship to the whole.
- identify rhythm as a principle of design that repeats elements to create the illusion of movement ( i.e. op art & modern art ).
- construct clay forms using the coil method.
- construct a three dimensional sculpture using a variety of materials which could include (wire, plaster, paper mache’, cardboard, wood and metal).
- expose students to textile design using various methods and techniques (weaving, batik, macramé).
- identify and develop drawing skills through still life, portraits, perspective, cartooning, animation, abstract design, contour/gesture drawings and organic themes.
- recognize the role of artists past and present ( i.e. Early Colonial history, arts of China, India, Japan, South America, and Africa ).
- recognize distinguishing characteristics that identify a specific artwork as relating to a particular style or culture.
- explore careers in the field of art (graphic artist, architect, illustrator, fashion designer).
To view the comprehensive Scope and Sequence of the District Art Curriculum, please click this link: District Art Curriculum
The Grade Six music curriculum focuses on the following:
- demonstrate instrumental improvisation
- recognize score marks
- recognize key signatures
- identify and perform chords on piano
- identify and create canon
- identify unity and contrast
- recognize dotted notes
- recognize sixteenth notes
- label rhythms as 2/4, 3/4, 4/4 meter
- identify a variety of dynamics, tempo and articulation
- identify the ways a composer creates mood
- identify and follow a conductor's score
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 Six. This includes:
Additional ENCORE Classes
To supplement the classes included in the “Additional Curriculum Areas”, Daniel Wright also offers several ENCORE classes for Grade Six. Curricular descriptions of these classes will be added as soon as the curriculum is aligned to the National Standards.