Planning Matrix Download: Grade Level Media

I recieve a lot of reader questions regarding planning out curriclum.  How do you ensure each grade level is getting a well rounded expirennce? Do you do similar lessons at each grade level or change them up?  Does every grade level get to weave or do clay each year?  These are all great questions!

In addition to the Planning Matrix I have that you can use and download to plan out your year’s curriclum, there is yet another matrix that may help you plan for a more well rounded curriculum for the upcoming school year.

Mabye you make sure you are doing art elements in each grade level.  Maybe you know which artist you cover with which grade level, but what about MEDIA. Do you ensure each grade level gets some printmaking? Some weaving?  Some type of painting technique?  Or do you just go with the flow and hope everyone had a great time in art?  Failure to plan is planning to fail, my friends!

Grade Level – Media Planning Matrix

Sometimes I find I am too heavily stacked on painting lessons in one grade level, or the last two lessons all involved oil pastels and I find I really need to shake it up and ensure students get a well-rounded art expirience.  The above matrix isn’t fancy, but it does show some ideas for ensuring each grade level gets an varity of media expiriences.  Click on the image above to download the Matrix in Word for yourself and modify as you like.  I hope it helps!

Does anyone have any other methods they might use to ensure a well-rounded curriculum? 

What else would you add to this matrix? Art Criticism?  Museum Exposure?

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • I organize my year around media. It just works better for me when everyone is painting, doing clay, etc all at once. Then, I stick in the elements as I am going along. Line goes with drawing fairly easily and I work my way from there. I like your different planning matrixes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ashley

    Any middle school art teachers willing to share their planning matrix?