When creating an art curriculum, the first question you should ask yourself is what is the purpose of the curriculum? Is it to introduce students to the art world or to teach them particular skills? You should decide if you want to pass your art curriculum on from one teacher to the next. Some teachers share daily lesson plans and completed project examples, while other teachers share even more personal in-person day-to-day content. There are many ways you can create a unique art curriculum, but here are some basic questions to ask yourself when considering your goals:
Why do you wish to use social media for your art curriculum? Most art educators already use social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to tell their students what courses they’ve taken and to show them the art classes they’re in. If you don’t already have social media pages set up, consider setting up a free blog or website where students can get plugged into the art education program you’ll be offering.
What types of art forms and resources will the school introduce me to? Social media provides endless possibilities for presenting an art curriculum. Students can learn about different art forms by visiting Facebook and Twitter, and by reading about other art educators’ websites and blogs. By using Google’s Art – Online quiz, students can see which art forms they’d like to learn more about.
How will I know what my students need to learn? Arts and crafts school may require its students to take an art curriculum guide to class every morning. It will outline which classes students need to take, what materials to bring to class and what homework to complete. Your school probably won’t require you to grade any projects; however, your school should encourage students to submit completed work for class evaluation and feedback.
Will my school offer art materials other than books and posters? There are many affordable art materials available for both adults and children that complement any traditional school curriculum. In particular digital art programs, graphic design tools, and online software help students develop graphic skills, create fine motor skills, and learn how to manage their time. A complete art curriculum guide should include at least one digital art program and one or two software applications. Other useful digital art programs include AutoCAD and Paint Shop Pro.
How should I prepare my school for state licensing exams? Most states require public schools to develop adequate student outcomes and classroom environment statements. Your school should prepare students for the licensing exams by providing a reasonable explanation about the content they’ll find in the books and posters. A complete exam preparation package should include student study guides, worksheet exercises, mock tests, and a state-accredited test.
How should I prepare my school for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)? The NASAD is the professional organization that governs schools that have attained regional accreditation. Your school should be aware of what the association requires in order to maintain its recognition as an arts education facility. NASAD also offers standards for visual arts programs and design, technical art instruction, and special education programs.
Can my school participate in an art show? Yes! Many schools get to participate in art shows because of sponsorship opportunities, networking opportunities, or donations. If your school is looking for sponsorship or has been invited to an art show, your first step should be to submit a proposal to your art education professional or school board. You should provide information about your school’s mission and vision, and an overview of your school’s vision and mission. You should also highlight your school’s plans for sustainability, community involvement, and a focus on social media.