It looks like my part time art teaching job will be full time this
year (wohoo!), teaching grades 2-8 at a small Catholic school in
I have never taught grades two or three before, expect in a summer
camp setting. I also haven't had some of the students (and I'm not
sure if they had a licensed art teacher before). Three schools merged
to one over the summer. We will have an awesome amount of class time,
twice a week for 45mins and I don't want this precious time to go to
waste! Currently, there is no curriculum I've been asked to follow, so
like the past two years, I will be creating it on my own. I want to
include the elements and principles, as well as appreciation. But
mostly I want to provide the children with new, enriching experiences.
I have been teaching art on the elementary level for almost four
years, but this year will definitely be a new challenge! Does anyone
have curriculum to recommend? Or resources? Our new principal is very
supportive of the arts, but this will very much be a transition year.
I want to be able to create a solid program, on little to no budget,
that the children will go home and talk about. Any words of wisdom or
advice would be very much appreciated.