4th-history of art
> From: Julie Trzybinski <jtrzybinski>
> To: arts ednet <artsednet.edu>
> Subject: Planning
> Date: Friday, March 05, 1999 4:03 PM
> I am a first year teacher at an elementary school that has a VERY broad
> curriculum. On one hand it is great because I have a lot of freedom, but
> on the other hand planning for each grade level can be confusing. I am
> trying to create a program of units for each grade to focus my lessons
> around ideas while still teaching art production, history, criticism and
> aesthetics. I have a lot of ideas - but I need some opinions from those
> you who have been there, done that. One idea: use a timeline theme.
> Assign time periods to each grade going up through history (begin with
> ancient art in with the youngest and travel up through modern and future
> with the oldest) and focus my lessons through various cultures and eras.
> Or: use various themes (architecture, portraits, etc.) with each year
> teach the skills and history through the themes, but skip around through
> the timeline. I could even approach it through "careers" in art. I see
> students 30 times in a school year, so I have to be selective in what I
> present - but how do I choose? I want to make my class relevant and show
> connections, rather than just having an "arts and crafts" hour with no
> connection from one lesson to the next (the way our texts present it and
> the way I have seen others do it). I would love to hear your experiences
> and thoughts.