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Introduction to Art Curriculum for Middle School Art or High School Art

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6th - 12th, Higher Education
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  1. Get everything you need to teach every single day of the year in 5 different visual art courses. This visual art curriculum is 2D focused, with some sculpture included in the Intro to Art curriculum, It includes yearlong curriculums for Introduction to Art, Advanced 2D Art, and AP® Art and Design. I
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This is what I use to teach my high school Introduction to Art courses every year. This art curriculum bundle pack includes lessons, worksheets, and a lot more to fill every single day of a school year (can also be trimmed down to a semester-long course). All you need are the art-making supplies and you are set for the year! This curriculum is perfect for middle school art or high school art students.

I have taught high school Introduction to Art since I started teaching art. I have tweaked things over the years, and every now and then I switch things out. This is a compilation of my favorite projects, my go-to's, everything you need to fill up every single day of a year-long or semester-long class. In addition to short activities and worksheets, this includes 14 take-home quality projects.

This file includes:

✶Yearlong timeline

✶Semester-long timeline

✶First day items: syllabus bathroom passes, tell me about you sheet, art survey, letter to parents, artist to know table, and behavior contract

✶Art notebook set up: Table of contents and worksheets

✶21 lesson plans: includes big idea, essential questions, goals, objectives, supplies, vocabulary, step-by-step instructions, national standards

✶17 rubrics

✶6 critique worksheets

✶21 PowerPoints

✶42 worksheets: Includes elements of art, principles of design, visual journal, drawing, color theory, perspective, contour line, and many more.

✶20 printable posters to decorate your classroom.

This curriculum is so comprehensive it's too large to upload to the TPT website. After purchase, you will download a PDF with a link for Google Drive access. Download it to your computer or move to your Google Drive easily.

In addition to all the content between the 20 lessons every proficient level national standard is covered as well as 6 accomplished level and 1 advanced level national standards. If each of these items were purchased separately it would cost $186.00, this is a steal for having little prep to do during the school year. 

Read more details on the lessons included below:

✶Drawing Unit:

➢5 contour line exercises

➢2 day contour line project

1 week contour line project

➢3 shading exercises

➢2 line quality exercises

1 scratchboard project

1 mixed media drawing project

➢2 grid drawing exercises

1 drawing with the grid portrait project

1 perspective exercise

➢1 perspective project

Only looking for an Introduction to Drawing? Purchase these lessons for a lower price in my Intro to Drawing semester curriculum.

✶Painting Unit

➢3 color theory exercises

1 color theory project

1 abstract art color matching project

1 abstract art memory project

➢1 color matching project

1 batik based project

Only looking for an Introduction to Painting? Purchase these lessons for a lower price in my Intro to Painting semester-long curriculum.

✶Sculpture Unit

3 clay bowls project

✶Mixed Media Unit

1 artist trading card project

1 artist inspiration project

➢1 design your own project

Visual journal project

✶Classroom Decor

8 Elements of Art posters

11 Principles of Design posters

I hope this Intro to Art unit will engage your students as much as they engage mine. 

Would you prefer to access this via Google Drive? Forward your order number or purchase confirmation to [email protected] and I will share a link with you.

My Introduction to Art curriculum is the foundation for all my other art courses. Each of my classes builds on the last. Build on the Intro curriculum with my semester-long drawing course curriculum here.

Build on my Intro to Art and Drawing curriculums with my painting curriculum here.  

Build on my Intro to Art, Drawing, and Painting curriculums with my Advanced Art or AP Art guided assignments curriculum here.

Build on the sculpture lessons in my Intro to Art curriculum with my Intro to Sculpture and Ceramics curriculum here.  

Check out my other products here.

Total Pages
653 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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