I'm getting ready to order supplies for next year and am looking at my
curriculum. For 7 years I have taught high school level art. I always
evolved a curriculum around art history. At the begining of the year I
covered prehistoric art, then Egyptian and on to current art trends by
the end of the year. Art projects were based on the history unit. It
seemed to all make sense to the kids.
I have recently accepted a position teaching middle school art. Grades
6-8. I am very excited but a bit lost. The new school will have block
scheduling so I will only see 6th graders for one quarter and 7th and
8th graders for one semester each. Since my art history time line will
not work I will have to pick topics which I feel follow the curriculum
and cram it all into a quarter or semester.
What topics do you cover? I admit I am an art history buff. I am
really interested in it and would like to continue this concept with the
projects but how? Maybe I'm all wrong here. Middle school should stick
with drawing basics, design, elements and principles, sculpture.
Right? How do I cram into one quarter what I used to teach in one year?
Ray-Pec Middle School