Fine Arts

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic...music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.

-William Bennet, Former US Secretary of Education

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Band

The Lisle Junior High Band program maintains a long history of award-winning ensembles. The band program is led by Ms. Lisa Kiener-Barnett and Mr. Dan Schraub. Mr. Schraub conducts the sixth grade Concert Band and Ms. Kiener-Barnett conducts the combined seventh and eighth grade Symphonic Band, sixth grade Jazz Band "too", and the combined seventh and eighth grade Jazz Band "One". The Concert Band and Symphonic Band rehearse three times per week and perform at numerous concerts and contests throughout the school year. All band students receive small-group instruction one period per week on a rotating schedule.

Lisle Bands Website

Resources & Information

Chorus

The Lisle Junior High Choir program maintains a long history of academic and performance traditions. Under the direction of Mr. Christopher Biank, this program features two separate choirs, the 6th grade Cadet Chorus and the combined 7th and 8th grade Concert Choir. Each choral ensemble meets twice each week and perform in many different concerts and contests throughout the school year. If you have any questions regarding the Lisle Junior High School Choir program please email Mr. Biank at cbiank@lisle202.org and he will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for all the support!

Visual Arts

District 202 Visual Arts Mission, Vision, and Values


Mission

The Visual Arts Department focuses on the necessary skills, concepts, and artistic traditions that will prepare each student to achieve his or her fullest potential. The curriculum encompasses well established methods, processes, and outcomes, as well as contemporary approaches, subject matter, and themes deriving from a variety of historical periods, artistic styles, and cultural experiences. It includes a range of opportunities for all types of learners, providing a solid foundation for students to develop creative expression, problem solving skills, and real-life connections.

Vision

  • Prepare students to actively participate in artistic expression and appreciation.
  • Provide a challenging and appropriate curriculum that encompasses a wide variety of media.
  • Infuse technology throughout the curriculum.
  • Regularly assess and support all students using common criteria to ensure success for all types of learners.
  • Create a collaborative teaching culture using Professional Learning Communities.

Values

  • We will model and provide opportunities for artistic growth and development.
  • We will commit to development and implementation of curriculum, instructional strategies, and assessments that reflect best practices and promote artistic excellence.
  • We will respect each student as a valued individual and work collaboratively with each student to achieve their full artistic potential.
  • We will hold students, parents, and each other to the highest expectations and standards of character and performance while promoting an atmosphere which values respect, honesty, and integrity.

Course Descriptions

6th Grade

Sixth Grade Art is a required nine-week course. This course includes an introduction to the elements of art and principles of design; an exploration in ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpting, fibers, and other art forms and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with various art materials and techniques. They will explore the artistic process, from conceiving and developing ideas, creating art, talking about it, and working with personal meaning in their own work , as well as when viewing others' art. Lessons will incorporate various careers in art, artists, art history, art criticism, and multicultural art.

7th Grade

Seventh Grade Art is a semester long elective course. This course includes an introduction to portrait drawing, perspective drawing, and other drawing techniques. Students will also explore ceramics, sculpture, fibers, photography, printmaking, painting, and other art forms and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with various art materials and techniques. They will explore the artistic process, from conceiving and developing ideas, creating art, talking about it, and working with personal meaning in their own work , as well as when viewing others' art. Lessons will incorporate various elements and principles of art as well as careers in art, artists, art history, art criticism, and multicultural art.

8th Grade

Eighth Grade Art is a semester long elective course. This course explores techniques in various media including photography, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. Students will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with various art materials and techniques. They will explore the artistic process, from conceiving and developing ideas, creating art, talking about it, and working with personal meaning in their own work , as well as when viewing others' art. Lessons will incorporate various elements and principles of art as well as careers in art, artists, art history, art criticism, and multicultural art.

Grading & Required Materials

Patricia Kerback

Titles: Choral Instructor, Fine Arts Department Head
Locations: Lisle High School
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Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8376

Christopher Biank

Titles: Choral Instructor
Locations: Lisle Junior High, Tate Woods School
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Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8086

Lisa Kiener-Barnett

Titles: Band Director
Locations: Lisle Junior High
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Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8275

Celeste McIntyre

Titles: Art Instructor
Locations: Lisle Junior High
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Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8279

Daniel Schraub

Titles: Band Director
Locations: Lisle Junior High, Lisle High School, Schiesher School
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 630-493-8377
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