I love the question "What do you decide to teach...?" Because it cuts
through the chaff. Straight to the point, I teach and make major
decisions based upon three factors;
1) Our world class "Sarasota County Public Schools Visual Art
Curriculum" . This document guides me in making sure I cover all areas
of the curriculum without losing site and rabbit trailing off.
2) The "total" curriculum of the school. I look at the social studies,
language arts and science and math curriculum and make an effort to
align content. This way students can be taught similar or identical
concepts in other content areas in, through and about the visual arts
(ie. symmetry/math...fractions/visual measuring/... art
vocabulary/language arts...cultural arts studies/social studies...so
many connections!) This takes work and communicating with teachers. It
also helps if the classroom teachers have already created a matrix of
their own that they can share with the art teacher. Kids get the "big
idea" so much quicker this way!(art impacts life in all areas, people,
culture, social issues..etc... impact art)
3) Personal passions. I am very involved with our Character Ed program
and also with the Ringling Museum. I am working this summer selecting
museum works (and others) to use as images to correlate with each of
our character ed. monthly themes. For example "Act of Mercy" by
Strozzi (1616-1618) is a wonderful work to simultaneously teach about
the Baroque AND about the character trait "kindness".
That's it in a nutshell of sorts. Glad you asked!