School Improvement in Maryland

Teaching and Learning: Fine Arts

State Curriculum documents are now available in one printable format, from the links below, but will be available online in multiple formats soon. As you use the documents in your classrooms, we hope you will provide us your comments and suggestions about how we can make this document more useful to you on the feedback form.

State Curriculum

Dance: PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Dance: Glossary
 
Music: PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Music: Glossary
 
Theatre: PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Theatre: Glossary
 
Visual Arts: PK K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Visual Arts: Glossary

Instructional Tool Kit

Maryland Fine Arts Instructional Tool Kit (offsite)

Ask the Arts Team

Email your questions or comments to the MSDE Arts Team using the space below. Please provide your email address so we can respond:




Arts Specialists

James L. Tucker, Jr.

James L. Tucker, Jr.

James L. Tucker, Jr., is Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Maryland State Department of Education's Division of Instruction. In this role, he provides statewide leadership and technical assistance for P-20 curriculum, instruction, and assessment in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts education. He coordinates the development and implementation of the state's fine arts standards and the fine arts state curriculum, development of the Portfolio Plus assessment initiatives, and discipline-based as well as arts integrated teacher professional development. His previous professional experiences include teaching the visual arts at the elementary and secondary levels in the Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC public school systems and as an adjunct professor at The Maryland Institute-College of Art, at Gallaudet and The George Washington Universities.

John L. Crossin

John L. Crossin

John L. Crossin is a Fine Arts Specialist. He serves as curator for the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) permanent collection of student artwork and art posters. He also coordinates rotating exhibitions of student artwork from the local school systems in the meeting rooms of the Maryland State Board of Education, biannual exhibits of student artwork at the Louis Goldstein Treasury Building in Annapolis, and MSDE's recently installed Store Front Gallery, at 200 West Baltimore Street. He joins the fine arts office at MSDE after working as a visual arts teacher, resource teacher, supervisor, and coordinator of visual arts for the Baltimore County Public Schools. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Shelley S. Johnson

Shelley S. Johnson

Shelley S. Johnson is a fine arts specialist with a focus on arts integration. She serves primarily as the director of the Maryland Artist/Teacher Institute (MATI), a professional development program for Maryland's elementary and middle level teachers and administrators. MATI is a program of the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Arts Council, a program of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. Previously she worked for Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools as an art specialist, consulting teacher and an arts integration lead teacher. She has consulted for the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, Maryland Humanities Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, MD.