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3 Lesson Plans From the 22/23 Visual Arts Education Curriculum

3 Lesson Plans From the 22/23 Visual Arts Education Curriculum

Written by:
Lillie Therieau
Aug 22, 2022

It’s that time of the year again! We’re releasing the updated version of our Visual Arts Education Curriculum, bigger and better than ever. We’ve expanded the reach of the curriculum geographically, including lists of local art resources in 9 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago. Detroit, LA, Miami, NYC, San Diego, and San Francisco. Each city’s local art resources include fun free art activities, free and low-cost art resources for teachers, and self-care resources for teachers. 

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The new curriculum is also more affordable than ever, a move we wanted to make to increase accessibility to this comprehensive lesson planning resource. Now it’s only $49 for a physical copy and a digital PDF download!

So, what about the lesson plans? What’s changed in this year’s version of the curriculum? For starters, we divided the lesson plans into three separate grade level sections: Kindergarten-3rd Grade, 4th Grade-8th Grade, and highschool. 

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 Each section has different activities designed to meet students at their skill level. 

  • Kindergarten through 3rd grade focuses on developing words to describe color, texture, and lines. It also includes activities which activate critical thinking, asking students to compare and contrast different artists. 
  • The 4th grade through 8th grade grade level lesson plans get deeper into art concepts like artistic movements through art history, translating visual ideas into text, and diving into students’ own artistic inspirations and visual language. 
  • The high school grade level lesson plans utilize advanced concepts like visual analysis, symbolism, and using images to express complex ideas through advertising or propaganda. 

At IPaintMyMind, we have an educational framework that animates the way we teach. It’s called See, Think, Do and we like to visualize it as a cycle. Each component feeds into the other and encourages further learning. There’s no end to the process, which is why we created a curriculum that can be remixed and reused endlessly! 

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Students from Newton Bateman Elementary, work on their art projects on Wednesday, February 13, 2020.Mandatory Photo Credit: Abel Arciniega

Each lesson plan included in the Visual Arts Education Curriculum can be repeated by choosing a new artist from the Artist Profile section. With each repetition with a new artist, students will make new connections and be encouraged to think more deeply on what they have learned. 

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A Sneak Peek at 3 Lesson Plans Included in the Curriculum

We wanted to include a peek at three of the lesson plans included in the 2022/23 Visual Arts Education Curriculum to give you a taste of what is included! 

  • Curating a group show around a central theme with your class
  • Using well-known visual symbols to inspire students’ art work 
  • Creating a Neighborhood Art Tour of public art in your school’s neighborhood

These are just a few of the many lesson plans included in your Visual Arts Education Curriculum. Read more about the curriculum here and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all. 

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Written by:
Lillie Therieau
Aug 22, 2022

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