Comprehensive Curriculum Examples for Every Age Level

Returning to school is stressful. You’re trying to put away your supply order, create seating charts, and figure out how that new grading system is going to work. Then, you find out you also need to map out your entire curriculum. What!? Overwhelmed would be an understatement.

You are not alone.

Last month, AOE writer, Matt Christenson, shared the entire curriculum for his Visual Arts course. He outlined all the materials, scaffolding exercises, and summative assessments he uses with his students for the entire year. Readers appreciated seeing this big picture view, but some wanted more information. What would it look like to highlight art history and vocabulary? How might the units connect to the National Art Standards?

So, we took things a step further and organized Matt’s curriculum into a helpful, comprehensive chart. It would be a great resource to use when thinking about building or redesigning your own art curriculum.

Sample High School Curriculum

Download the sample high school curriculum below!

high school curriculum sample

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If you don’t teach at the high school level, we’ve got you covered! Check out the middle school and elementary versions below.

Sample Middle School Curriculum

Download the sample middle school curriculum below!

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Sample Elementary School Curriculum

Download the sample elementary school curriculum, designed by Abby Schukei, below!

elementary curriculum sample

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For those of you who would like to use this as a starting point for your own curriculum writing, we are providing a blank, printable version for you to fill in when the time comes. Use this as a personal planning guide, a brainstorming draft document in your PLCs, or even a template for your district curriculum planning.

Blank Template

Download the blank template below!

blank curriculum template

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Finally, if you’d like all of the samples and the blank template in one download, please click here

If you’re looking for more in-depth work on your curriculum, join our ever popular curriculum course, Designing Your Art Curriculum. This rigorous, hands-on course encourages you to research and observe art curricula in the best districts in the nation, as well as different styles and types of art curricula currently on the market. You can find more information here.

How do you map or document your curriculum plan?

What tips do you have for planning and organizing units or long-term curriculum?

Tracy Hare

Learning Team

Tracy is a middle school art teacher from central MN who strives to create rich, meaningful content and resources through her Art Ed PRO Director role at AOE.


  • Frank Eager

    This is really cool.. Is there anyway to get a version of the blank one that is not in a PDF format? So I can type stuff in it?

    • Hi Frank,

      At this time, we can’t offer a customizable version. Sorry! You could always try to replicate the template in Word or another word processing program.

      • Frank Eager

        Bummer I was hoping.. Will do and thanks for the template…:)

  • Katherine Boiczyk

    I am wondering how a Summative Assessment at the high school level is scored? Is there an example of a rubric as to what mastery of the standards looks like?

  • Andrea Lozano

    Do you have an example of this resource but focusing on Kindergarten and PreK?

  • Myda Owens

    How many weeks is each unit?

    • Amanda Heyn

      Hi Myda,

      Thanks for reaching out! We put this together as one example of how a curriculum could look. Therefore, we did not assign set a set timeframe for each unit. If you were to use this in your classroom, you could tailor it to fit your needs! :)

      • Myda Owens

        Okay so how long are units usually?

        • Amanda Heyn

          Hi Myda,

          The length will vary depending on the age range you’re looking at, how often you see your students, and how long your class periods are. Speaking in very general terms, younger students generally have shorter units than older students and introductory units are generally shorter than units near the end of the year/grading term. If I had to give a ballpark figure, I’d say a unit generally takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks. But again- they could absolutely be long or shorter depending on the variables.

          • Myda Owens

            Also, do you have an edible document? Like a fillable PDF or an word document? This is only good for printing out and writing into.

          • Amanda Heyn

            Hi Myda,

            We’re unable to offer a customizable version. Sorry! You could always try to replicate the template in Word or another word processing program.

  • Chloe Dorgan

    Wow, these are amazing resources. Thank you so much for sharing them with us all. I am transitioning to an older age group and this is a great way for me to get my bearings.

  • Angie Howie

    This is great! Do you have an editable version of the blank template?


    • Abby Schukei

      At this time we do not have an editable version of the blank template. However, you could always recreate your own or take the PDF template into a program like Adobe Acrobat and create edit there.

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