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You sound as confused as I was for a couple of years. There is no curriculum
in Art in the county that I teach. Yes, I want to inform the students about
art history, because I have a strong background, also I wanted to integrate my
lessons towards units such as elementary teachers teaching reading. I choose
artists with broad backgrounds in more than one medium. I took slide pictures
of their art from books during the summer, and I developed lessons covering
their work. We look at slides of Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh. They were biggies
that we covered before Christmas. Thomas Nast, the caricature artist, we're
reviewing now in second through fifth grades. The DBAE is covered mostly in
second through fifth grade with the same lesson. Kindergarten and First grade
are still doing the basics. Learning how to cut, color, paste and follow
I hope this helps - please e-mail directly for any lesson plans.