Showing posts from August, 2012

Planning An Art Curriculum

I have been asked several times how I choose the lessons I teach. Of course, I am by no means an expert in this subject,  but after 17 years teaching art, these are the steps I take when planning my curriculum.  1. Take Inventory What supplies do you currently have on hand that need to be used during the current school year? This is an easy jumping off point. At the end of each school year, take a look around your room and make a list of current supplies that you would like to use in your lesson plans for the following year. Not only will you save on your current supply order, it will help use up the older supplies and make room for the new. When I did this at the end of last school year, I was surprised at what I still had in the cupboards: * Paper with a frame design around it: could be used for self-portraits * Stamp design paper: my fourth grade students will be creating Art Career Posters with these. * Soft linocut material: my fifth graders will be using the