How to Use ARTK12 Art History Curriculum

American Art History, Semester 1 (3 books)ARTK12 curriculum has four parts:

  • The Student Book (Textbook)
  • The Drawing Book
  • The Bingo Game
  • Companion Books (use my book, Serious Fun)
    These are already published books that can be purchased from bookstores or obtained from your local library.

These four components are meant to be used together. The student reads a chapter in the ARTK12 book (or has it read to him/her), uses the drawing book to reproduce one of the pieces of art being studied, plays the art bingo game to review or learn both about the art already studied and the art to be studied in the future and finally reads companion books during the rest of the week that supplement the topics covered.

Serious Fun: Homeschooling with Real Books by Kristin DraegerCurriculum is set up as semesters (16 weeks each), with 2 semesters per school year.

All four components will work independently without the others, but ideally they are to be used together to give students a more complete art history experience.

Volume numbers go together. For example:

American Art History Volume I, Drawing American Art Volume I and American Art Bingo, Volume I all go together. Future editions of ARTK12 curriculum will work the same way.

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Kristin Day

I would like to teach this to high school students. Is it too young? Would each student need the full package of 4 items?

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Kristin

Hi Kristin,

Yes! You can use this curriculum for high school students. I have aimed the writing for 5th-8th grade, but the content is more of a high school art appreciation course. In other words, they may groan at some of the attempts at humor, but the information will be new to them and keep their attention. (Just a “heads up,” the first chapter in Volume I is the “youngest” chapter so don’t be put off by that.)

When I use the books in a classroom setting I have one set of books for every two students. And, of course you would only need one Bingo game for the entire class. I know Bingo sounds young for high school students, but I always used it in my high school classes; it is an indispensable weekly review of all of the paintings they will learn about during the semester. And you can mix up the Bingo game to make it more challenging. About halfway through the semester I would start playing “blind” Bingo with the older students: I wouldn’t show the picture, but just call out the title and they would have to remember the painting. Or I would show the painting and have them call out the title and artist etc . . .

Also, when I do the forgeries (they are at the end of every chapter) in a classroom setting I would clip a protective page cover over the forgery and have them use white board markers to circle the differences. They would do this in pairs and I made it a “race” to see which group could find all ten differences first.

And don’t forget the books are all entirely reusable. No need to buy again the next time you use the curriculum.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Kristin

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