Comprehensive art education is a curricular model designed to educate the whole child. Learning within the comprehensive curriculum is meaningful to students’ lives. Children have a voice are involved in making curricular choices. Comprehensive art education works hand-in-hand with the National Visual Arts Standards’ framework (SEADAE, 2014) of creating, presenting, responding, and connecting. Its structure is based on international best practice in art education and provides age-appropriate learning outcomes for students to achieve.



Early Childhood

PreK – 2nd Grade

Middle Childhood

3rd – 5th Grades

Early Adolescence

6th – 8th Grades


9th – 12th Grades

Big Ideas in Children's Artistic Development

 Debrah C. Sickler-Voigt, Ph.D.