Art’s Essentials is based on the Elements and Principles of Design. It is a multi media broad based curriculum with the goal of being on the exact specific skill level of each grade. This program will lay down the essential skills needed by teaching basic techniques in a variety of media. It will challenge them while they are learning but not be so overwhelming that they are frustrated. It is meant to inspire success. The lessons are time tested, scope and sequenced oriented-with one lesson building on the next. They start out with one class lessons, getting longer and more difficult with each grade level. The arts program is also cross curriculum, showing how what we are doing in art relates to what they are learning in the classroom. Not that we are there to back up classroom teachers, but that our program and what we are teaching can and does effect other areas of learning. The curriculum is meant to be flexible as all elementary art classes have to adjust their schedules to take in special testing, field trips, programs, fire drills, tornado drills, and whatever else gets thrown our way. Above all, as should be the goal of any curriculum, it is meant to develop well rounded, well educated, cultural citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.