1st Grade: Designing the Zodiac
CREATING: Student artists brainstorm their own, original, constellations, complete with an origin myth.
1st Grade: Artist, Explorer, Scientist
CREATING: Students create an accurate drawing of an animal and its habitat, then turn the drawing into a series of prints.
2nd Grade: Around the Neighborhood
CREATING: Students create sketches of their own neighborhood and finish by creating a collage.
3rd Grade: Embracing Challenges
CREATING: Student artists complete a series of challenges, ending with a painted sculpture.
3rd Grade: Art & Advocacy
CREATING: Student artists choose an issue that they feel strongly about and design a poster.
4th Grade: Rainforest Creature Marionettes
CREATING: Student artists brainstorm the ideal creature to live in the rainforest, then create marionette puppets of their creatures.
4th Grade: Me & My Monster
CREATING: Student artists brainstorm a monster ‘helper’, describe it through descriptive and/or figurative language and ‘imagery’, create a poem about their monster, & end by altering their poem to enhance the meaning through visual emphasis.
Each (free) project contains 5 lessons aligned to a content-rich literacy topic. The lessons include:
- Artworks to discuss
- Video lessons
- Text sets
- Supply lists
- Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary
- Support in the form of emailed teaching tips and management strategies as educators work through the lessons.
Building the Art & Literacy Curriculum is ongoing, and we will be releasing new projects each school year. Ultimately, each grade will have at least three unique projects.
We’ve developed a training program to support educators in implementing the Art & Literacy Curriculum.
“[This training program has] a lot of video coverage with evidence. It helped me understand the structure and outline of the art program. The excitement on the students’ faces in the video, and their engagement, inspired me.”
A note: If you see a topic that applies to your curriculum but it is listed under a different grade, please use it! All of our projects are process based and easily adjusted to fit many skill levels. That being said, the text sets and vocabulary are aligned with the grades listed below.
Are you a school or organization looking to implement the Art & Literacy Curriculum with multiple users? Find out more here about how we can support, including private pages and discounted training.