● BAL began using a lesson format known as Discipline Based Art Education or DBAE in the 1980’s. Simply stated, this format allows art to be taught with measurable outcomes in the four areas of History, Criticism, Aesthetics and Production (see above).
● There are two versions of each DBAE Lesson Plan. The simpler K-2nd lesson version allows for differences in the learning abilities of younger students and the differences in the Curriculum Learning Targets for grades K-3. The more detailed lesson developed for 3rd-5th grades includes additional information to meet the requirements in the Curriculum Learning Targets for these grades and gives volunteers greater background information.
● The amount of time spent on the visual (PowerPoint/slide) presentation should vary depending on grade level.
K-1st grade students = 15 minutes
2nd -3rd grade students = 20 minutes
4th to 5th grade = 25-30 minutes
6th-8th grades students = 25-30 minutes
● A major goal for the visual portion of the lesson is to have students engaged in active participation and discussion.
Studies show we learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we both see and hear, 70% of what is discussed with others, 80% of what we experience personally and 95% of what we teach someone else. Including visual, auditory and kinesthetic opportunities for learning reaches a greater number of students.
We all agree that there is not enough art education in our schools today. A big part of how Art Literacy is different from art done in the classroom is in the learning of new vocabulary, historical information, processes, materials, reasons for creating art and how we feel about it.…and then once in a while, a masterpiece happens.