Building Foundational Skills



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Introduction 0:35

Identifying Foundational Skills

What Skills Need Attention First 2:51

Why You Should Demo Everything 5:30

Using Chunking to Break Up Instructions 3:50

Building on Prior Knowledge

What Skills Should Be Introduced Later 3:02

Troubleshooting When Things Go Wrong 2:39

Creating Structured Lessons that Build Skill

Planning Stages for Individual Concepts 3:08

Scaffolded Curriculum Examples 2:31

Using Skill Books 3:01

Project Ideas for Skill Practicing 5:34

Differentiating For Various Abilities and Experience

Strategies for Students with No Experience 2:11

Explanation of the Gradual Release Model 2:53

Engagement During Skill Building 2:41

Supply Safety and Clean-Up

Utilizing Clean Up Jobs 2:30

Practicing Clean Up Routines 4:41

Storing Artwork by Grade and Class 1:25

Additional Storage Ideas for Kindergarten 2:45


Conclusion 0:37

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Building Foundational Skills

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to best plan for, organize, and deliver foundational skills experiences.

  • 2 Master best practices for scaffolding skills and techniques in lesson planning.

  • 3 Discover how to immediately implement these strategies into your classroom.

In this Learning Pack, discover how to structure lessons to best build essential, foundational skills within your youngest artists. Find out why it’s so critical to scaffold your lessons to build upon prior knowledge. Uncover what skills are best to start with and how to proceed with more advanced learning through skills books and rotations.  Prepare your students with foundational skills as they continue to grow as artists!

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
Competency 1.2: Plans and prepares sequential lessons, units, and/or centers
Competency 1.3: Develops appropriate learning targets/goals
Competency 1.4 Develops engaging activities, resources, lessons, and/or centers

Competency 1.5 Demonstrates thorough background/content knowledge

3.10 Considers multiple intelligences when planning instruction

Competency 3.1: Effectively paces lessons to facilitate student learning
Competency 3.6: Demonstrates adaptability

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Alecia Kaczmarek

Alecia Kaczmarek

PRO Facilitator and Elementary Art Teacher

Alecia is a K-6 elementary art in a large district in central Iowa, and is passionate about teaching and reaching her students. She sees herself as a facilitator of artistic experiences, creative skill building, and assisting students in the development of their artistic identities.  It is her philosophy and mission to provide students with a well-roundeded, innovative, fun, and meaningful arts education.


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