Elementary art curriculum lesson plans

Video-based art curriculum and lesson plans for grades K-8

Arts Attack serves elementary school districts and the education community with art curricula and video-based lesson plans that meet all the standards you expect.

Arts Attack is an award winning art curriculum designed for grades K-8. This process oriented art program utilizes a video-based format and is available online or on DVD.

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Arts Attack Curriculum


Arts Attack is a totally innovative program that brings an entire art curriculum to the K-8 classroom. This award-winning, video-based curriculum is fully validated and specifically designed to meet the needs of every teacher. Also, the best part is that there is no special training requirement. Watch, learn, and execute. The rest is art history.


Available online and on DVD.

Introduction to Arts Attack


This series has 8 products, one for each grade K-6 plus a 7-8 combo. Each product includes a 1-year subscription for 12 of the Arts Attack lessons, and provides the classroom teacher, art specialist or parent volunteer a low cost ($159) introduction to the (more comprehensive) Arts Attack curriculum. Optional art media supply kits for 30 students are also offered.


Available online only

Art in the Afternoon


This smaller version of the award-winning Arts Attack visual art curriculum 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.


Available online and on DVD.

Art Connections Series


The lessons in the Art Connections Series for grades K-6 are each related to history, literature, science, social studies and art history. Each grade level has 4 lessons presented in a video format and supported by lesson plans. The lessons are designed as enrichment activities for students. They can be purchased either as a complete series or by grade-level.


Available online and on DVD.

Comprehensive Art Curriculum

What do you get when you purchase Arts Attack?


The Arts Attack Curriculum is a totally innovative program that brings an entire art curriculum to the K-8 classroom on video. A fully validated and award-winning program developed in the classroom, it was designed to meet the needs of every teacher with or without special art training. The curriculum is available in an all new Online format (Arts Attack Online) or in the traditional DVD format (Arts Attack DVD).

Art Curriculum lesson plans for elementary and middle schools Each curriculum comes with 24-27 hands-on lessons per grade.

Extremely Teacher Friendly and easy to teach, its developmental/sequential approach to teaching art elements and principles - as well as drawing, technique, artist appreciation, art history, multi-cultural art, media exploration, self-expression, etc. - can always be counted on to get great student results in any classroom environment.

Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans

Comprehensive art program


Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans are the most comprehensive video-based art curriculum available - teaching the art elements and principles, drawing techniques, media exploration, artist appreciation.

Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans are the most comprehensive video-based art curriculum available - teaching the art elements and principles, drawing techniques, media exploration, artist appreciation.

Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans

Well validated

Transparent

Arts Attack has undergone rigorous review by various State Departments of Education and by the California After-School Resource Center (CASRC), resulting in statewide adoptions of the art curriculum.

Arts Attack has undergone rigorous review by various State Departments of Education and by the California After-School Resource Center (CASRC), resulting in statewide adoptions of the art curriculum.

Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans

Broadly accepted nationwide


This K-8 curriculum is widely used in thousands of public schools, private schools, or after-school programs nationwide. Hundreds of districts - both large and small - have adopted the curriculum.

This K-8 curriculum is widely used in thousands of public schools, private schools, or after-school programs nationwide. Hundreds of districts - both large and small - have adopted the curriculum.

Art taught visually


This entire K-8 visually developmental and Sequential curriculum is presented to the students using videos. Students learn visually rather than through textbooks or workbooks. The emphasis is on creative self-expression, learning by doing, and on the development of right-brain learning..

This entire K-8 development and sequential curriculum is presented to the students using videos. Students learn visually rather than through textbooks or workbooks. The emphasis is on creative self-expression, learning by doing, and on the development of right-brain learning.

Cost effective


Arts Attack is a cost effective way to implement a high quality, comprehensive art experience in a variety of settings (from the school classroom to beyond school hours). The online program is not a one time purchase; only the video format is.

Arts Attack is a cost effective way to implement a high quality, comprehensive art experience in a variety of settings (from the school classroom to beyond school hours).





Adaptable lesson plans


Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans with a video-based format allows a full range of teaching options in grades k-8 - from the art specialist to the classroom teacher to the parent volunteer to the after school facilitator - affording a high quality learning experience for all students in elementary or middle schools.

Arts Attack’s art curriculum lesson plan with a video-based format allows a full range of teaching options in grades k-8 - from the art specialist to the classroom teacher to the parent volunteer to the after school facilitator - affording a high quality learning experience for all students in elementary or middle schools.

Arts Attack art curriculum lesson plans

Digital Art Image Program

This is a great addition to your curriculum

There are at least 10 art images and associated discussion guides per grade level in this program that explores artists from periods ranging from Contemporary to the Renaissance to Primitive art. This online program is included in the Arts Attack Online format and is an optional purchase with Arts Attack DVD.

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Cost Effective Approach

The Arts Attack curriculum is designed to be a highly cost effective way

to implement a high quality comprehensive art experience in a variety of settings (from the classroom to beyond school hours).

No need for workbooks or text books:

Art Curriculum lesson plans for elementary and middle schoolsThis being a visual program there's no need for workbooks or text books. There aren't any annual leases or licensing fees. The online format has been produced to be effectively taught by the classroom teacher or the parent docent. If your school does not presently have a art specialist, this program is a cost effective way to retain a comprehensive art curriculum with or without an art specialist.


Can be shared by all the classrooms:

Art Curriculum lesson plans for elementary and middle schoolsThis online art curriculum can be shared by all the classrooms within your school. You have the option to purchase extra teacher’s manuals for a small fee, giving each teacher their own manuals. Schools that purchase a second curriculum will be offered a discount.



Art supplies are simple and affordable:

Art Curriculum lesson plans for elementary and middle schoolsThe art supplies are simple and affordable. Many schools conduct year end art shows to serve as a fundraiser(s) to purchase art supplies. The teachers manual shows you how to conduct your own art show. The training will allow you to view an art show.



Saving even more:

Art Curriculum lesson plans for elementary and middle schoolsHighly affordable, the price per student is under $5 per year. If your school is larger than 50 students per grade you'll be saving even more.


We have done our best to design Arts Attack to be one of the best investments your school can make when you consider the impact it will have on your students’ life and performance.

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Arts Attack uses a process-oriented teaching approach with a strong emphasis on right-brain learning and development. Its goal is to not only develop art skills and techniques, but also to develop student creativity and visual problem-solving and communication abilities. p In each K-8 grade level, there are between 24-27 hands-on lessons per grade covering all the art element.

Background and helpful information

The first part of each Teachers’ Manual contains the following helpful guidelines for teaching the Arts Attack program:

  • Arts Attack Program Components
  • Program History & Background
  • Art Concepts Taught in the Program
  • The Artists Studied in the Program
  • How to Visit an Art Museum
  • The Scope and Sequence of the Program
  • Teaching the Arts Attack Program
  • What is Art Criticism?
  • The Great Masters Art Print Program Component
  • Discussing Art Prints
  • Art Prints Shown on the Videotape Lessons
  • Student Evaluation and Validation
  • How to Give an Art Show
  • How to Start an Art Program
  • Lesson Objectives
  • List of Supplies Required for the Program

Each video lesson is taught in the following manner:

  • The required materials are displayed.
  • Art prints, art objects, examples, onlocation footage, etc. are variously used to provide motivation and to stimulate student interest, ideas and concepts.
  • Where appropriate, warm-up exercises are conducted.
  • The lesson is demonstrated and taught.
  • Students in a classroom setting are shown doing and interpreting the lesson.
  • A variety of final artworks created by students on the video are displayed.

Detailed Lesson Plans

Each lesson plan in the Teachers' Manual addresses the OBJECTIVES and VOCABULARY for the lesson, CONCEPTS taught in the lesson, the MATERIALS required, the PROCEDURE steps for teaching the lesson, and ASSESSMENT guidelines. Where helpful, especially in the many right-brain contour drawing lessons, WARM-UP EXERCISES are included. For all “Artist Appreciation” lessons (see example above center), a full CHRONOLOGY of the artist is included. In addition, many of the lessons (see above right) have DRAWING AIDS that the teacher may duplicate to provide visual information for students; and some also have EXTENSIONS or CONNECTIONS to other subjects, for a more in-depth treatment of the subject.

The Student Assessment Component

Student Assessment guidelines for class discussion are inserted after every four lessons at the elementary level. For the Middle School levels, assessment guidelines and/or exercises are given after each lesson. The Arts Attack approach to student assessment, based on long experience of what gets results, is to focus on validation and positive reinforcement, while at the same time providing a forum for learning through self critique and teacher/class suggestions.

The Great Masters Art Print Program Guides

The Art Print Program provides commentary, analysis and connections to a total of 90 great works of art, grouped into 9 Portfolios of 10 works each - 1 for each grade level (K-8). The front of each Art Print Guide (see below) contains background information for the teacher: a small black-and-white picture correlating to the (full color) art print, biographical information on the artist, and information on the artwork – such as the historical period, art style, history, culture, etc.

The back of each laminated Art Print Guide offers questions for class discussion intended to develop the student’s ability to understand, to critique, to compare, and especially to appreciate the work of art. It also contains suggestions for related activities that often establish connections with other school subjects (language arts, history, social studies, music, dance, drama, etc.).

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