The Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) curriculum consists of 14 lessons, which combine visual arts and writing activities. ABC introduces students to artworks by women, as well as basic art vocabulary and concepts. It leads students through the process of creating artists’ books in a range of book formats and culminates with a classroom exhibition and critique of students’ works. Designed for use in 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms, the curriculum can be differentiated for other grade levels.
NMWA developed and evaluated the ABC Curriculum and the ABC Teacher Institute from 2004 to 2011 with the support of two consecutive grants from the U.S. Department of Education. Findings from the three-year curriculum study and four-year professional development study show positive impact on student learning in the visual arts and writing and on teachers’ ability to integrate arts in the classroom.