Welcome to The Art of Curriculum Design Week 1: What is Art?
Throughout this six month series, we will explore the fundamentals of curriculum design, via an Arts Appreciation course created through arts collaboration.
The first few weeks were devoted to the “how and why” of the curriculum design process. The next portion of the series we will look at the weekly objectives, outcomes, and assessments designed for the Arts Appreciation course (links to the entire series can be found below). The full curriculum, including daily lesson plans, handouts, and assessments, will be available at the completion of the series.
Last week we reviewed the backward process we encountered as we planned this course like an artist. Now, we will go week-by-week specifying the objectives and outcomes we designed for the students of the Arts Appreciation course.
Week 1: What is Art?
Since this high school level course was designed for students who need to fulfill a fine art credit, yet have no desire to produce artwork (whether in performance or visual), it was assumed that the students would be coming to us with little to no prior knowledge of art, and even less when it comes to articulating art. So, we felt the best way to start this course would be to propose and answer the question what is art?
Week 1 begins with an introduction to multiple procedures and structures for our class environment, including a discussion of the syllabus and expectations for the course. One of the procedures that was very important to cover, involved expeditiously adjusting the classroom environment into four major uses: theater style, partner work, 4 person groups, and discussion. We also spent ample time introducing the various components that make for good class discussion.
Week 1 Objectives
At the completion of week 1, students will be able to:
- Identify classroom routines and expectations
- Assess their own knowledge and experience of art
- Build a rapport with fellow classmates
- Develop a class definition of art
- Develop discussion skills through the use of sentence stems
- Define theme and intent
- Practice expressing personal preferences (which will build their artistic brand)
Week 1 Outcomes
At the completion of week 1, students will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of their classmates
- Proper discussion protocol
- Personal definition of art
- Compromise to develop a class definition of art
- Their personal emotional response to selected artwork
- What is and is not art based on the class definition and criteria
Week 1 Assessments
At the completion of week 1, students will be evaluated on:
- Their definition of their personal artistic brand
- Their contribution to the class definition of art
- Their demonstration of class discussion procedure
- Their contribution to class discussion
- Their articulation of artistic intent as it pertains to personal emotional response
Next Week: Week 2 “Talking Art”
Week 2 of the Arts Appreciation course, including lesson plan objectives, outcomes, and assessments.
Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org