Teaching Visual Arts
Paul Syme, Arts Education Consultant AVRSB, 2010
When developing a year plan for the visual arts, key concepts to consider are:
•Instruct through units: Avoid planning for classes to happen in isolation, each one should be part of a bigger picture (unit or module). •Identify, use and build background knowledge. You may have designed the most engaging unit, but if the students don’t have the background knowledge or skills in a particular medium or process, students will struggle unnecessarily. Therefore, it is important to set aside time in your unit plan to assess and build background knowledge and skills.
•Pull together the three streams: If a unit is to efficiently bring students towards meeting outcomes, the unit needs to incorporate outcomes and strategies for instruction and assessment from each of the three streams, Creating, Making & Presenting, Understanding and Making Connections to Time, Place and Community, Perceiving and Responding
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