Designing an Engaging Art Curriculum

Incorporating Student Choice for Enhanced Learning

Are you new to providing choice in the art classroom?


Are you an experienced TAB/choice-based teacher, but looking for ways to enhance student accountability and administration support?

Regardless of your level of familiarity with providing choice in the art classroom, this course will give you all the tools you need to:

  • Cultivate more student accountability by clearly communicating your expectations
  • Communicate your vision for the course with your administration through a curriculum map and units of instruction
  • Relax! Knowing your general plan for the year will help you work more efficiently

I have seen many art teachers asking how they can use a choice-based curriculum successfully, without driving themselves crazy.

Here are just a few of the questions other art teachers ask about choice-based art ALLLLL the time:

  • “How do you assess student growth?”
  • “What order do you do things in?”
  • “How do you typically start the year and end the year?”

After spending the last three years as a Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) teacher, offering abundant choice, I have found a curriculum design process that REALLY works!

My process is anchored in carefully selecting the National Core Art Standards I feel are most important, deciding how students can demonstrate they have met these standards, and planning lessons and units backwards from there.

A core aspect of my system is providing clear expectations for student’s work time and behaviors, and assisting students with meeting them. Creating, displaying, and communicating Learning Targets and Success Criteria for students has been an invaluable tool in this process. I have broken down my process into clear steps that any art teacher can use to design their own choice-based art curriculum!

The course will cover:

  • How to understand & interpret the national core arts standards for the visual arts
  • Choosing essential standards and mapping the year out
  • Planning demos and mini lessons for each unit/standard
  • Creating learning targets and success criteria
  • Assessment

A few more details:

This course will be filmed live & recorded over Zoom June 13-17 @ 1 pm (pacific)

The recordings will then be edited and added to the course so that you can reference them anytime you need.

All updates to the course will be yours for life!

About Maria

Maria is a middle school art teacher living in Southern California. She first started using the Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) pedagogy 3 years ago, and fell in love. She has spent every summer since revising (sometimes completely revamping) her curriculum. She is an advocate for creativity in schools, teachers taking time for self-care, and restorative practices in schools.

Are you ready to transform the face of art education?

Here’s how this will work:

Click the link below to get added to the waitlist!

You will receive a link to purchase the course as soon as the recordings are edited and posted to the site!

Show up to the course armed with a notebook, pen, and your imagination.

Work at your own pace!

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