Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) is a model arts integration curriculum developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The curriculum unites visual arts and language arts through the creation of artists’ books, while also maintaining a specific focus on the cultural contributions of women artists. ABC promotes visual literacy and critical thinking by developing students’ skills in observation, reflection, and arts creation.
ABC is designed for use by 4th- and 5th-grade teachers, regardless of their level of training in the arts. The curriculum’s concepts, goals, and activities can be differentiated by classroom teachers, art teachers, and literacy specialists for use in other grades (especially 3rd-12th) and learning situations.
The TeachersConnect blog and the multimedia resources on this website provide professional development and ongoing support for teachers implementing ABC.
Deep questions get our students to look beneath the surface of ideas. In the context of this curriculum and a final project, a student might ask, “what is the purpose of my writing?” (beyond a required assignment). And, if this …
Jul 16, 2014
After the Summer Institute, some teachers have returned to the classroom and believed they needed to cover all elements and aspects of the Art Books, & Creativity curriculum. A teacher who was using the curriculum for a second year wrote …