Illinois State Learning Standards for Fine Arts


 Illinois State Learning Standards for Fine Arts

STATE GOAL 25: Know the language of the arts.

Why This Goal Is Important: Through observation, discussion, interpretation and analysis, students learn the "language" of the arts. They learn to understand how others express ideas in dance, drama, music and visual art forms. In addition to acquiring knowledge essential to performance and production, students become arts consumers (e.g., attending live performances or movies, purchasing paintings or jewelry, or visiting museums) who understand the basic elements and principles underlying artworks and are able to critique them.

A. Understand the sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive qualities of the arts.

25.A.3d Visual Arts: Identify and describe the elements of value, perspective and color schemes; the principles of contrast, emphasis and unity; and the expressive qualities of thematic development and sequence.

25.A.3e Visual Arts: Analyze how the elements and principles can be organized to convey meaning through a variety of media and technology.

B. Understand the similarities, distinctions and connections in and among the arts.

25.B.3 Compare and contrast the elements and principles in two or more art works that share similar themes.

STATE GOAL 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.

Why This Goal Is Important: Students acquire skills to produce and perform dance, drama, music and visual art. They learn to use media, tools and technologies. They learn to shape ideas and emotions into sounds, images and actions. As students create and perform their own artworks and review the works of others, they become more imaginative, strengthen their problem-solving skills and learn to respond to the creativity of others. Creating and performing are at the core of the fine arts. Students also learn about the role of the artist (e.g., dancer, painter, actor, director, scriptwriter, musician).A. Understand processes, traditional tools and modern technologies used in the arts.

A. Understand processes, traditional tools and modern technologies used in the arts.

26.A.3e Visual Arts: Describe how the choices of tools/technologies and processes are used to create specific effects in the arts.

B. Apply skills and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more of the arts.


26.B.3d Visual Arts: Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create 2- and 3-dimensional works and time arts (e.g., film, animation, video) that are realistic, abstract, functional and decorative.

STATE GOAL 27: Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.

Why This Goal Is Important: The arts are a record of civilizations, past and present. Artists are influenced by—and influence—the times and places in which they live and work. As students learn through the arts about people and civilizations, they learn about others and themselves. Also, students learn about careers related to this goal (e.g., animator, curator, art historian, sound technician).

A. Analyze how the arts function in history, society and everyday life.

27.A.3a Identify and describe careers and jobs in and among the arts and how they contribute to the world of work.

27.A.3b Compare and contrast how the arts function in ceremony, technology, politics, communication and entertainment.

B. Understand how the arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.

27.B.3 Know and describe how artists and their works shape culture and increase understanding of societies, past and present.