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NAEA Instructional Resources Gallery: A special collection of lesson/unit plans curated by NAEA professionals and available only to NAEA members!
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NAEA Museum Education Resources: Art museums provide a wide array of web-based resources for K-12 teachers. These include lesson plans, timelines, searchable databases, image banks, video clips of artists and scholars speaking about works of art, access to behind the scenes images of exhibition installations, podcasts of lectures, interactive games, special teacher blogs, free subscriptions to e-resources, and much more.
Download a list of resources from 45 art museums across the country, organized alphabetically by museum. Additional museum listings will be added periodically.
NAEA Standards. These Standards represent the professional judgment of the art education field about the characteristics of preparation programs that will enable all visual arts educators to provide high-quality art instruction for every student. This collection consists of the Professional Standards for Visual Arts Educators; National Visual Arts Standards; Standards for Art Teacher Preparation; Purposes, Principles, and Standards for School Art Programs; and Design Standards for School Art Facilities.
25 Places for Kids to Learn and Experiment with Art From Karen Schweitzer. This document contains a list of sites that teach art history and theory, sites that offer easy-to use tools for mess-free creations, and sites that provide interactive games and activities.
50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson. As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful. We were all artists. We still are.
AMACO® Lesson Plans. The AMACO® series of lesson plans, technique sheets and Power Point presentations cover a wide range of topics and offer art teachers an excellent starting point for creating memorable lessons that incorporate art history with hands-on classroom activities. Listed below are the available lesson plans, technique sheets and Power Point presentations from AMACO®. AMACO provides supplies for pottery, education & crafts.
Art:21 Online Lesson Library (Seasons 1-3) is a doorway to curricular resources presenting contemporary art and artists for the classroom, hosting a wide range of thematic lesson plans for Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, and Social Studies curricula. Educators are encouraged to select the activities, materials, and ideas that meet their individual interests—an entire thematic unit of study, a particular hands-on project, or questions to foster dialogue. The topics provide focused ideas that cut across series themes (Place, Stories, etc.) and all of the artists featured in the broadcast. Each topic includes a range of lessons that connect current issues, ideas, and events with an exploration of the diverse perspectives of contemporary artists.
artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Our dream is that every child will have an online art gallery, preserving their masterpieces for all time!
ARTSEDGE—the National Arts and Education Network—supports the placement of the arts at the center of the curriculum and advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience. ARTSEDGE empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects. ARTSEDGE offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment. Transform your teaching with arts-integrated resources for the K-12 classroom!
Common Core and the Arts Resources (Arts Education Partnership). The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a state-led initiative to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in college and in their careers. The resulting changes to the expectations of arts educators can be profound. AEP is providing this (ever-growing) selection of resources to help AEP Partner Organizations, arts educators, school leaders, and policymakers develop a better understanding of the Common Core and what the movement means for the arts.
Crayola Champion Creatively Alive Children™ Professional Resources. Download free professional development resources! The Champion Creatively Alive Children series will help you implement arts-infused education in your school. Like you, Crayola knows that arts-infused education helps children acquire critical 21st century skills: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The complete program includes 5 videos and guides, along with a supplemental introductory leadership guide, and additional resources to help you facilitate workshops and arts-infused education advocacy meetings--everything you need from PowerPoint presentations to flyers, handouts and evaluation forms. These resources will help transform your school culture, and infuse arts across your curriculum.
Download this introduction guide to learn more.
• Introductory Leadership Guide
• Bibliography Handout
• Preview or Download Training Modules on Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and Arts-Infused Advocacy
Additional Arts-Infused Education Resources:
• Reinvesting in Arts Education
• Principal Journal - Champion Creatively Alive Children
Creativity Resource for Teachers from the Denver Art Museum. Free online resource for teachers nationwide. Quick facts about the site:
• Launched in January 2012, this free website provides more than 600 adaptable lesson plans written by teachers for over 130 objects from the museum’s world-class art collection.
• Developed by the Denver Art Museum in collaboration with teachers. Lesson plans and resources focus on inspiring students to think and problem-solve creatively.
• Organized in an easy way so that teachers can pick the topic they’d like to explore or enhance, then learn how to integrate art into that subject.
• Includes professional and student development tools such as webinars, virtual classroom courses, career videos, educator blogs and creativity tools.
• Easy for teachers in language arts, social studies and visual arts to provide a curriculum rooted in the arts while also meeting 21st Century Skills.
Developing an Arts Assessment: Some Selected Strategies. Use the NAEP arts assessment and field test as a case study to explore useful strategies for developing an arts performance assessment.
For kids: A creative and cool class gift. See how NAEA member, Jim Boland, art teacher at Spoede Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri, worked with fifth-graders to design and create memorable permanent art projects such as benches and totem poles as gifts to the school.
Developed for the Getty Education Institute for the K-12 art education community. It features lesson plans & curriculum ideas, search & index, artsednet talk and more.
History Lesson Plans. The Monuments Men Education Site. The Monuments Men is based on the true story of a group of brave men and women who hunted down and rescued millions of cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis at the close of World War II. Our lesson plans, discussion questions, maps, and other features can engage learners about this little-known chapter in World War II and guide thinking about the importance of protecting cultural heritage in times of war. The lessons are suitable for middle and high school classrooms and are linked to Common Core State Standards. Lessons include:
• Is Art Worth a Life? The idea of giving up one’s life to save a work of art is thought-provoking and can be the catalyst for debate.
• Priceless Art, Personal Objects, Countless Lives. This lesson plan includes a section focusing on The Astronomer by Vermeer.
From the Incredible Art Department, an art education website for art students, parents, teachers, home schoolers and administrators. See an extensive list of art lessons, news, resources, and much more.
New Horizons for Learning. You will find information on some of the best researched and the most widely implemented methods of helping all students to learn more successfully. The information includes a description of how the teaching and learning strategies work, where they have been applied, results, and where to find further information from experts in the field, books, websites, and other resources.
Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration from Edutopia
The New York Times: Learning Network is a free service that offers a large amount of information, especially on teaching resources. This website is aimed at students in grades 3-12, their teachers, and parents.
Resources for Kid Artists. Kids love art. They love to see it, experience it, and create it. Engaging kids in art education at an early age has been proven to have a profound impact on the way they learn and how they view the world. Introducing kids to art when they are young teaches valuable thinking skills that improve their comprehension and performance in other subjects like math and science.
Your Paintings: Uncovering the nation's art collection. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation), and over 3,000 participating collections from across the United Kingdom. Your Paintings is the result of the PCF’s ten-year project to digitise the UK's entire national collection of oil paintings. 80% of these paintings are typically in store whilst the vast majority had not been photographed before this project. These artworks are now free to view and on the BBC’s website. A few years ago the BBC made a three minute film about the project that you might enjoy watching. This is the only website anywhere in the world illustrating a nation’s entire painting collection. There are over 210,000 oil paintings in the UK's national collection. These publicly owned oil paintings are held in institutions ranging from museums large and small to universities, town halls, hospitals and even fire stations. In total there are works by 36,000 artists on the site ranging from the world famous to the completely obscure. Your Paintings provides a major source of organised material for research into art history, British and international history, genealogy and topography.
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT
Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT is a K-5 elementary art teacher at Dryden Elementary School, Arlington Heights, IL with a masters in K-12 technology integration. She has been recognized for her innovative teaching in 2010 with the PBS Teachers Innovation Award, received Illinois Teacher of the Year Award in 2011, honored with a Teacher of Distinction Award by the Golden Apple Foundation in 2012, and she was awarded NAEA Western Region art teacher of the year in 2013.