Effortlessly Communicate Your High School Curriculum With These Student Handouts

The structure of high school level art courses can vary from place to place. In some districts, they are organized by media type, like Drawing I or Advanced Ceramics. In others, they are organized by levels such as Art I & Art II. Either way, common threads of curriculum are evident from class to class. Clearly communicating your curriculum to students helps them understand the learning expectations you have.

Creating a form like this is easy with a solid curriculum in place but can be overwhelming if you’re not grounded and organized from the start. AOE’s course Designing Your Art Curriculum is the perfect place to solidify your plan no matter what level you teach. You’ll be on the fast track to creating documents like this to make organizing your instruction a breeze.

You may have already seen our elementary and middle school student curriculum handouts, but today, we are excited to be sharing media-specific high school examples!

Teach Intro to Art? Use bits and pieces from each of these examples to form your own version. Have an Advanced Painting course this fall? Build off of the Painting example to create a document that highlights the concepts, tools and vocabulary you’ll teach in class.

Note: If you would like to create your own versions of these curriculum documents, we suggest using Microsoft Word or Pages. If you’d like to create something more graphic, try the drag-and-drop design platform Canva.


Click here for the Drawing download.


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Click here for the Painting download.


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Click here for the Ceramics download.


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And, if you’re looking for even more curriculum resources, check out this resource list!

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  • Designing Art Curriculum Units
  • How to Build on an Existing Curriculum Using the National Art Standards
  • Rethinking Your Drawing Curriculum


How do you communicate your curriculum to your students?

Do you use documents similar to these in your classroom?

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Tracy Hare

Tracy Hare, a middle school art educator, is a former AOEU Writer. She strives to deepen students’ 21st-century skills by encouraging them to practice critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

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