Hi Carolyn, I recently found myself in a similar situation: I also taught
elementary and college art courses and have landed a high school position,
just this past April.
I was worried about all kinds of things and have been pleasantly surprised on
all counts. High school kids are so much fun! They are funny, they clean up
after themselves without being asked, they don't waste materials, etc. I
think if you keep the "lectures" to a minimum and inspire them with art they
can relate to, it will remain fun. I'm struggling now with all the same
questions you are as I try to order enough supplies, curriculum guides etc.
I found lots of inspiration for curriculum through the Crystal and Davis
catalogues. I have to teach 4 units of Art 1, so there is curriculum with
assessment guides, reproductions, etc. on every element and principle of art.
I'm thinking of ordering that. I'm also debating between reproductions and
slides. I think slides are always a little difficult. You can leave
reproductions up during the studio part of the course.
My classes meet 5 days a week for 45 min. ea. How often do your classes meet?