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The EPIC Curriculum for Art Teachers

How to Teach Art using the Elements and Principles of Design

Creating a cohesive, schematic curriculum full of lessons that will excite your students is the dream of art educators. But it can be a daunting task. Sourcing and gathering a lineup of the right lessons that are designed to help students make connections and deepen their learning, is challenging.

After all, most of us don’t want to spend our entire summer planning.

The good news is that you don’t have to.

When resources are designed to meet your exact specifications and are exactly aligned with grade level expectations and skills, it’s like pressing the easy button on program planning!

You might be wondering if devoting an entire year to teaching the elements of art and principles of design is worth it.

Truth is, there are many successful and valid subjects to build an art curriculum upon, but focusing on the elements of art and principles of design can help to build a well-rounded foundation for students that will not only help develop their art-making skills and decision-making, but also their ability to talk about and analyze art.

Here’s how it’s laid out inside our art teacher membership

Take a look at our Creative Team explaining our new EPIC Curriculum:

SCOPE & SEQUENCE & PROJECT PLAN

Scope & Sequence project plan for students using the EPIC Curriculum from the Sparklers Club: a membership for teachers

If you are new to teaching art, you might not know what a Scope and Sequence is.

Simply put, it’s the arrangement of the lessons that build on skills of the child through the year and through the grade levels.

For example, our EPIC curriculum (Elements, Principles, Integration Curriculum) begins with LINE. It’s the perfect element to start the school year because line is the most basic art-making technique.

The LINE lessons in the curriculum feature simple lessons that use minimal materials. This gives you the wiggle room to nail down beginning of the year procedures and expectations for materials without sacrificing lessons that are engaging and rich. 

As the year progresses, a strategic line-up of one element of art or principle of design scaffolds skills both horizontally through the year and vertically throughout each grade level.

From kindergarten through seventh grade, the students understand and can apply the element or principle through art making, but also gain experience in a wide variety of art media throughout the year. 

And for you, the teacher, we’ve balanced the curriculum to include many low-prep lessons that are rich in learning, but can be prepared quickly when time is limited. 

Join me for a free workshop to explore different preparation techniques so you can get to the level of calm and consistency you crave (while still leaving a bit of space for art room magic).


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It’s a 3-part strategy on how to use the Elements of Arts when planning your art curriculum including ordering supplies, a grade level checklist for the scope and sequence of K-7 Elements of Art and What I’ll Learn in Art Class posters.


THE PROJECT PLAN

The project plan and how to teach art using the elements and principles of design

The project plan is the guidebook for the curriculum, outlining the learning objectives in each lesson, art techniques used and the time that each lesson will take to complete in one quick look. 

Everything you need to plan an entire year of quality curriculum is put together into this one easy-to-use document.

TEACHING RESOURCES / PLANNING

Finding captivating lessons isn’t typically what takes the most time when planning. Rather it’s creating all of the additional resources necessary to support the lessons such as matching the standards to your school’s requirements or preparing a slideshow or video to introduce an art concept. 

In the EPIC curriculum, we’ve done the legwork for you so you can focus on creating with your students, instead of planning on nights and weekends. 

The resources are where this curriculum truly shines. 

We’ve gathered together a comprehensive array of resources that will help to not only save time in planning, but also help deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of the elements and principles of art. 

Here are a few of our favorite resources inside the curriculum: 

RESOURCE CONNECTIONS PAGE

Resource connections and how to teach art using the Elements and Principles of Design

Within each lesson, we’ve included a suggested list of opening activities, resources and early finisher activities that pair perfectly with each lesson. Whether you choose to use one or use them all, the best part is that they’re all included with the curriculum. There’s no need for you to search elsewhere for any content, just pick and choose what works for you and your students. 

SKETCHBOOK

Sketchbook How to Teach Art using the elements and principles of design

The printable sketchbook gives students both a place and opportunity to not only record their learning about each element and principle before beginning the lesson, but also a chance for reflection. 

With a page of guided note-taking and prompts, plus an open-ended page for early finishers for each element and principle, this is the perfect bookend to a successful lesson. 

We’ve also included a teacher’s manual for the sketchbook with additional activity ideas for the sketchbooks and helpful information for using them with students. Imagine flipping through an entire year of learning all within one beautiful sketchbook. 

SLIDE DECKS & TEACHING VIDEOS

Slides and Videos in how to teach art using the elements and principles of design

Gone are the days where you spend hours scouring YouTube or crafting slide decks to introduce a lesson for your students. We’ve created slide decks and teaching videos specifically for the curriculum that match perfectly with each lesson and concept and can serve as an introduction to the lesson in five minutes or less. 

The teaching videos are designed to be a quick hook to introduce your students to the element or principle being taught. The slide decks are separated into sub-categories, based on the element or principle. 

If you’d like to check out the EPIC curriculum for yourself, join the waitlist for the Sparklers’ Club HERE. Enrollment will be starting soon! 


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  • Mamie Miller

    Love it! The resources keep getting better and better!

  • ctlee5@att.net

    Awesome and a life saver!

    • Nanci Massey

      Thanks for the ideas.
      As a year 2 Art Teacher, I can use all the help I can get!!!p

  • Elizabeth J Whitney

    Thank you for all your hard work and creativity!!!

  • Alicia Miller Johnson

    Awesome! This looks like the solution I have been looking for my k-5 students.

  • Tyla Vidal

    FANTASTIC, THANK YOU. As a new teacher I really appreciate this mapped out and separated like this!

  • Jody

    This looks fantastic but how much is an annual membership?

    • Bethany

      Hi Jody! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. Our membership is closed right now but you can join the waitlist https://deepspacesparkle.lpages.co/join-waitlist/ and we will update you on the membership pricing when enrollment reopens 🙂
      We’d love to welcome you into the community!

  • Laura

    super interested!

  • Monique Della Santina

    I am interested in the sparklers club. I’ve been looking for pricing but cannot find anything on the cost. Can I find out the monthly or yearly cost of joining the Sparklers club for this school year! Thank you!

    • Bethany

      Hi Monique! This is Bethany from Team Sparkle. Our membership is closed right now but you can join the waitlist https://deepspacesparkle.lpages.co/join-waitlist/ and we will update you on the membership pricing when enrollment reopens 🙂
      We’d love to welcome you into the community!

  • Marcella Egan

    I love this, I will be teaching K- 8th grade art.
    What is the cost for the new Epic Art curriculum ?
    I an
    very interested.

    • Bethany

      Hi Marcella! We are so happy you found us. Our membership is closed right now but you can join the waitlist https://deepspacesparkle.lpages.co/join-waitlist/ and we will update you on the membership pricing when enrollment reopens 🙂
      We’d love to welcome you into the community!

  • Mary

    I like it. Inspiring.

  • Bârsan Emilia-Lucia

    Very interesing.

  • Ms Volz

    Love the sketchbook!

  • Tim Spidal

    Sounds awesome.

  • Vinetta Hill

    Can Australian join the club? I’m teaching
    K-3 and thought I joined at the beginning of the year but I haven’t received anything so I may not have joined after all?

    • Bethany

      Hi Vinetta! We have members from all over the world. If you have any questions about a membership please reach out to support@deepspacesparkle.com.

  • Julie Grech

    Sounds really challenging and interesting

  • Kaori Davies

    Hi, i am an artist in watercolour painting and photography. I am also very hands on in all art &craft. My 9yrs old girl also have great art talent in painting. I would like to learn to teach art. I am based in NZ and work full time as business manager in corporate world. So if i cannot watch in live due to time zone difference. Can you send me a link for the recorded webinar so i can watch it later? Best regards,
    kaori

  • Lee

    Very helpful.

  • Cynthia McPhetres

    Thanks for this ! Helpful!

  • Carol

    it sounds exciting and I like the new additions. I hope that you change the sketchbook each year because I think that the kids will make comments about “this is the same as last year”. You know what I mean. Especially as the kids get older, I find that I need something different for each grade. I also tried the kahoot as a guest. Apparently I don’t know where to click on the answer because I tried everywhere and couldn’t get it to accept an answer. I was disappointed that I got a zero, but still got on the top of the podium with confetti! Wow! I clearly need to learn more about kahoot. I truly appreciate all of the additions and look forward to using them this year!

  • Bertica Garcia Dubus

    Great ideas. Thank you. How do I download the guide?

    • Bethany

      Hi Bertica! If you go ahead and click on the “download” box, and add your email address when prompted we will send the lesson directly to your inbox. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folders to make sure it didn’t end up there. Enjoy.

  • Madeleine Peltier

    Love it.

  • mariecordray2000

    I would love some of the free resources and curriculum planning !

  • Zee

    Thank you so much for this. You all are always thinking of art teachers outside of the Sparklers club. Thank you thank you!

  • Christine Folck

    Where’s the curriculum?

    • Bethany

      Hi Christine! The curriculum is only available inside The Sparklers’ Club Membership. The Sparklers’ Club is an affordable and flexible pay as you go monthly membership—perfect for anyone who teaches art to students aged K-6. To join the Sparklers’ Club waitlist and learn more about The Sparklers’ Club click here: https://deepspacesparkle.lpages.co/the-sparklers-club-waitlist/

  • Brenda

    Love it, thank you so much for this approach. I’ve noticed in many groups that art isn’t being taught this way anymore.

  • Erica Edmonston

    Awesome!

  • Diana

    Very useful. Thank you.

  • D Adonis

    Very informative
    A great way to jumpstart the school year

  • Zahida Ahmed

    I absolutely love the way you have organized the curriculum. I have learned so much and love the different projects or lessons that I have seen. I loved your on line class last year and really benefitted a great deal!

    • Patty

      Thank you Zahida. That’s is so lovely to hear.

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