Our school district does not have an art curriculum either. Everything we
teach we dig up or invent ourselves. It adds so much work to what we already
have to do...yet no one understands this part of the job. I spend hours and
hours each week just developing lessons, writing curriculum/assessment tools.
Our district is working on an art curriculum the next 2 years...that should
help some. But we loose new teachers because they feel they don't have any
support with curriculum.....
When I was new I thought I had lessons planned through Dec....those lesson
got me to the end of September!!! I really struggled that first
year...especially with k-1 because you need so many lessons for the little
Our state put out a curriculum guide...and it is pretty good. I have been
taking a look at that and also after several years, I do have some feel for
what I will be doing as I teach different lessons every year...especially
with older students.
My advice would be to call various school districts in your state and
nationally recognized school districts and get copies of their curriculums.
Also decided on the pedagogy......DBAE, ArtsPropel, State Standards (this
usually falls along with DBAE), etc.