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Providing teaching and learning resources for arts educators, museum educators, and classroom teachers is central to the work of the Institute. All resources available on the website embrace a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning in and through the arts and are a result of the research and development efforts on the Institute since its inception in 1990.

Comprehensive Arts Education is an approach to learning in and through the arts that centers instruction on works of art, embraces a strong assessment component, and derives content from four foundational art disciplines that contribute to the creation, understanding and appreciation of art: art production, art history, art criticism and aesthetics.

The Guidelines for Arts-Centered Instructional Units were developed over the past three years by the Curriculum Task Force of the Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge (TETAC), a five-year national initiative by the National Arts Education Consortium that links comprehensive arts education with national and local efforts to reform our nation's schools.

While covering a wide variety of topics, the Curriculum Units developed by the Institute embrace a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning in and through the arts, are designed to align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in art and the National Standards in Art as well s with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS in other curriculum areas.
All units support sequential learning with each lesson building on the previous one. Each unit includes a theme (big idea), specific concepts to developed, unit objectives, specific lessons, and an assessment rubric. Many units include additional references for the teacher.

Additionally, the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts (NTIEVA) has developed a number of Curriculum Resources for use by art and classroom teachers to use in writing their own curriculum. These materials include art historical, cultural, and critical content as well as production activities and are adaptable for different grade levels and teaching styles.

Effective Curriculum Implementation has also been a focus of the Institute¡¦s work.

As new material is developed, it will be added to the website. You are invited to use these materials in your classroom; all resources on the website can be printed and/or downloaded. If materials are duplicated for any reason other than personal use, we request that the Institute be acknowledged as the source with the following: "These materials are reproduced from the website of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts at the University of North Texas."

We would appreciate any suggestions or other comments you may have in response to the teaching and learning resource materials. Comments may be made through E-mail (ntieva@unt.edu) or by regular mail or telephone.