It sounds like you are very fortunate to have a job teaching art, and with a supportive admin as well! You sound very excited and enthusiastic rather than panicked.
When I switched from HS to MS I had never taught sequential grades before; my HS classes were mixed grade. I knew the students had not had very good art learning in the past, though they loved their former art teacher (he was a very "happy hands" kind of teacher who taught a lot of random, crafty projects). So the first year, I taught the fifth and sixth graders almost the same sequential curric based on the Es and Ps (though the assignments were different). That way I knew they would all have a solid grounding for the following year, and it cut my stress for planning two totally different currics. This list and The Incredible Art Department were my best resources for ideas. I looked at all kinds of lessons that would tie in with each unit, and I adapted lower grade and upper grade lessons to suit the age group.
---- sarah k wrote:
> Hi Art Teachers!
> 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
> Quincy, MA.
> 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.