Illustrative Examples of Units of Practice

Virtual Art Gallery


In the web based Virtual Art Gallery, students store and share visual art works. Students engage in a range of experiences and interactions designed to help them use processes associated with creating, expressing, and responding to their own art works and those of others. The unit incorporates the use of computer technology with the implementation of specific art objectives.


Subject:                      Art/Music

Learning Level:         Grades 4-6

Author(s):                   Angela Beaton



We value all our art works. We love to share them from classroom bulletin boards, foyer exhibits and refrigerator doors. Whether we work in pairs, teams or as individuals, we can help each other by sharing our thoughts and feelings. Whatís important to you? Where is your imagination taking you? What was tricky about making your piece of art? This knowledge of your work can help other artists in our class. Letís store your art in a safe place where it will speak to others and they will tell you how it makes them think and feel.



The class of intermediate students will contribute selected pieces of visual art to the common Virtual Art Gallery throughout the school year. Art works will be created during weekly art periods. The reflection and writing activities may be extended during language arts periods.




  Selecting creative tools 

Decision making 

Making the art work 



  Sharing of the art work 

  Reacting to the art work of others 

Sharing reactions 

 Posting art works on the web


Use of the student art notebook enables the student to capture and articulate the feelings and ideas that arise during the initial experience. Intentions and techniques are described using vocabulary specific to art. This facilitates discussion among the students as they are involved in the art making process. It enables them to ask specific questions of one another regarding their creative efforts and gives them specific modes of expression. Interaction between student and teacher is similarly enhanced. Dialogue provides a vehicle by which the teacher can give guidance as the art making continues.


Rubrics a for assessing the art work should be created by the teacher or the teacher with the involvement of the students and according to the nature of the particular activity. Checklists can monitor the successful use of the art notebook. Click to see an example of a notebook assessment rubric.


Digital still camera, computers with a word processing program such as Apple Works, a web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, an e-mail application such as Outlook Express, school based server to provide the network for the group shared folder, art tools and media materials, real or virtual art to provide illustration of art techniques.


Our grade four class is currently developing this project. A few students are now proficient enough with Adobe Page Mill to copy our web page template and to use it to create a new page with the participation of the artist. It is e-mailed to our web master for upload. Visit our class Virtual Art Gallery at the address below.