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Old 08-14-2007, 11:35 AM
 
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I am interviewing for an art teacher position (K-8). Now, I have a degree in fine arts and am credentialled to teach art, however, I've never had a job as the just-art teacher.

My question is where does the curriculum start? Did your school/district have a set curriculum when you took on the job, or did you have to develop the curriculum yourself?

At least with core subjects (math) you can start with the state standards and the text book and branch out from there, but where do you begin with art??

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I think a lot of the states have standards. I teach in SD and have developed a curriculum that works with these standards. They are very general and this allows me to be a lot of freedom to work and change my projects. Have you looked for state and/or national standards in art??
You may want to start with this website:
http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/teach/standards.cfm
I hope this helps!
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Thanks for the input, jeniowa. Yes, my state (Calif) does have standards, but like yours, they are very general. I was just wondering if I had to reinvent the wheel and make up a whole curriculum or if there were any resources out there.

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Mrs G,
I teach K-5 art in Texas and do have to follow my state standards also, but they to are very, very general. My first year teaching I somewhat followed the textbook and changed up the lessons/ideas if I needed too. After that I have pretty much developed my own curriculum that meets state standards. The textbook curriculum gave me the structure to develop age-appropriate lessons but I still had the freedom to do what I wanted too. I've enjoyed writing my own curriculum and seeing what works and doesn't.

My primary students create an "Art BooK"--I found it on Kinderart.com and adapted it to my needs.
K & 1- Elements of Art and Literature (we read alot of books, study the author/illustrator and create our own artwork)
2-Art History--each page is a different artist, time period, or style. They LOVE learning about their lives! (ie Picasso, Seurat, Ringgold, Pollock, O'keefe)

The kids are so excited to learn about the "book making" process. I see the same students every day for 6 weeks, so its a long process to create a book with 7 or 8 pages. They take it home at the end of the 6 weeks when they switch to music. I do one book in the fall and one in the spring. 40-50 minute classes.

Intermediate- "Elements and Principles Portfolios" -- 2 bookcovers stapled together and decorated with the Elements and Principles and then projects that exemplifiy each
3-Advanced review of E&P
4-Art History--more indepth
5th-Techniques and Medias/Careers

Same as above--same kids for 6 weeks. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring. 40-50 minute classes

Hope that helps you!
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VERY helpful, ALW. Thank you so much for your input!!

Now, what textbook are you using? In all the schools I've been at, none of the art teachers were given a text. That is always a great place to start.


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I would also be interested in info on any textbooks. I have a set of three teacher addition books from Glencoe called Introducing Art, Exploring Art and Understanding ARt.
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I teach in VA. We have state Standards of Learning and then the County I'm in developed curriculum maps. Our maps are pretty general, we can choose to do any project as long as we are all covering the same SOl at that time. Talk with another art teacher within the school district they will be able to tell you how to find the information.
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I always start with the basics! I have made a questionaire for them and at the end of it there is a drawing assignment so that I can see where they are. It is hard to grade unless you know the students. I do follow my state's guidelines and only use the texts for a reference! You kind of do what you can! I use common art terms for bell work to define on the board. I also will sometimes have a journal/sketchbook idea on the board for them. I require my 7th and 8th graders to keep a sketchbook with at least 2 sketches a week in them.
Hope this helps!!!
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