Art In The Afternoon

Overview of the afterschool curriculum.

Art in the afternoon art curriculum

Art in the Afternoon is

Is a smaller version of the award-winning ARTS ATTACK visual art curriculum. It is designed for those after school programs that do not have the time available to teach a full year’s curriculum, but wish to implement a cost-effective easy-to-teach, high-quality art program as an enrichment activity during the time that they do have available. Its focus is on teaching the art elements and principles, drawing techniques, and creative self-expression, while also addressing such subjects as learning and working in the styles of the masters, exploring a variety of media, art history, and multicultural art.

Like Arts Attack, which is successfully taught in thousands of classrooms

Like ARTS ATTACK, which is successfully taught in thousands of classrooms by art specialists, classroom teachers, parent art docents and/or after school staff members. ART IN THE AFTERNOON is an easy-to-teach video-based art curriculum developed for use in the elementary and middle grades - K-8. ART IN THE AFTERNOON teaches 12 lessons per grade level, a carefully selected subset of the 24 lessons in the ARTS ATTACK visual art curriculum.

Upgrade Capability

ART IN THE AFTERNOON can easily be converted to the full year ARTS ATTACK visual art curriculum. A conversion package is available for those who purchase the ART IN THE AFTERNOON program and then decide, at a later date, that they wish to convert to a full year’s visual art curriculum.

Program Components

Art in the Afternoon provides 12 video lessons per grade. Every lesson follows a similar format and is taught in the following manner.

  • The materials required for the lesson are displayed.
  • Art prints, art objects, examples, on-location footage, etc. are used to provide motivation and to stimulate student interest, ideas and concepts.
  • Where appropriate, warm-up exercises are presented.
  • The lesson is demonstrated and new techniques are taught.
  • Students in a classroom setting are shown working through the lesson in a variety of ways and with a range of skills.
  • A sampling of the complete art projects from the students on the video are displayed.

The Teacher’s Manual: The focus of the Teacher’s Manual are the lesson plans (including warm-up exercises, drawing aids, and artist chronologies) which support and summarize the lessons taught on the videos. The manual also contains teaching tips and suggestions, lesson objectives, a summary of all of the supplies required, guidelines for a visit to an art museum and giving a year-end art show, a glossary of art terminology, and a bibliography.

Designed to be used by staff personnel whose art education background ranges from zero to extensive, the manual clearly and simply communicates the goals, concepts, materials, and processes for teaching each lesson.

Quick-reference Guides for the after school site coordinators and the teaching staff.  A Training video for initial training and for training new staff each year.