I typically have a mix of Art I through Art IV kids in the room at the
same time--and sometimes it's even worse (have indepedent study, one
year an AP student, etc.)
I have a set curriculum for the Art Is and then do different stuff for
the "Advanced Art" kids--totally separate curriculum. How I break down
the Advanced kids depends on the kids and their ability levels. There's
not a separate curriculum for Art II, III, IV because our school is just
too small. I may have the same basic themes or projects going on, but
there are choices within those projects that are better suited to the
ability levels. It can be pretty crazy.
Once everyone is engaged in projects it's really okay for the most
part. Introducing very different things, though, can be tricky, but I
stagger introductions. They also have different homework assignments
and different weeks that things are due, just to keep me reasonably sane....
This is my 7th year at this school with mixed level classes, though, so
it's do-able. Last year I had my Art 2-4 kids working on still life
drawings in another part of the room while I did a lot of introductory
work with the Art Is at the beginning of the year. That's the basic
plan for the start of this year, too.
I also have one period of middle school kids (with 4 rotations) and of
course they have a different curriculum from the Art I and Advanced
kids. I've told the registrar and dean of students that I can deal with
mixed levels in the HS classes but under no circumstances do I want a
mix of MS and HS!!