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Art Educator Toolkit

Kids’ Educational Websites & Learning Resources Guide
Sitejabber’s guide walks parents through kids’ online educational resources by subject. From crowdsourced data on over 2M users, Sitejabber covers which platforms to select based on your kids’ needs, pricing or free services, the suitable age range and fun virtual activities.

Who Am I? Art and Identity - Virtual Tour by Palmer Museum of Art
This interactive virtual museum tour designed for students in grades 5+ features a selection of objects from diverse areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, related through an exploration of personal or cultural identity. Featured artists include: Laylah Ali, Willie Cole, Roberto Lugo, Violet Oakley, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and more. Support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

NAEA Town Call Conversation | Art Education and School Year 2020-21: Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Instruction in the COVID-19 Landscape

Sharing solutions and support for success in this unique school year is our goal for this conversation. Join expert guides as they communicate how they are navigating the current landscape as supervisors, administrators, and classroom practitioners. Gain perspective from various vantage points and walk away with practical ideas for immediate use whether you’re faced with the challenges and opportunities of remote, in-person, or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Davis Publications Free Resources
Teaching Art Online, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, SchoolArts online, lessons, and more…

Amazing Educational Resources - 1129 Resources!
Share educational resources and support each other as a community of educators!

How to Properly Wash Your Hands!
An official hand-washing guide from medical professionals.

Creativity Connections
NEXT.cc partners with The School Zone Institute, ARCHITECTURE and CHILDREN, and UWM’s Design/Draw to BUILD, to reach imaginations of all ages during this time when schools are closed. Everyone can take time to think, reflect, make and create! NEXT.cc and The School Zone Institute share Weekly Themes with Daily Activities to engage people to make something extraordinary out of things that are ordinary!

Impressionism on a Vinyl Record
This is a video teaching link. The video contains information about Impressionism and how to paint with acrylic paint. It also includes a lesson on watercolor on a coffee filter and painting on a paper plate. The art of Van Gogh and Monet are used as examples.

Barn Quilts
Barn Quilts is a video presentation by Kim Soule. Students will be introduced to the art of quilts and barn quilts. They can choose to create a quilt square in a variety of ways including, markers on a post it note, painting on cardboard, square canvas or painting on a large piece of styrofoam.

Palmer Museum of Art-African Brilliance
The Palmer Museum of Art has released a virtual tour of their special exhibition “African Brilliance”. This tour features clickable navigation through installation images, high resolution images of selected works, video “discussion” of selected works, and demo videos of art activities inspired by works included.

Game Design Challenge
Learning from home creates obstacles. These obstacles can help motivate us to redesign something as fun as a game. Within this 4-week unit students are challenged to ask, learn, imagine, design, build, then share, reflect and redesign a game. This unit was designed for middle school students in grade 6-8 but can be adapted for other ages.
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Repository of Distance Learning from Museums
With children and learners everywhere out of school for the foreseeable future, museums across the continent have come together to share their distance learning with you. Use the pull-down filters below to find the best programs and resources for your needs.

Skype with an Archaeologist in Ancient Corinth, Greece!
Behind the scenes photos from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth and the ongoing excavations in Ancient Corinth by the American School of Classical studies show what it’s like to work as an archaeologist in Greece!

#togetherweARTbetter…Art Lessons Kids Can Do From Home!
#togetherweARTbetter is more relevant than ever before so enjoy this video and this packet of 15 art lessons that can be geared for all levels of learners!
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Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hosting Virtual Tours
A dozen of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs are available to explore as part of the #WrightVirtualVisits initiative. Some links available on this page, others require Instagram.

Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over
Recreate your favorite art using just three objects lying around home using digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/

Adobe Education Exchange
The Adobe Education Exchange is the free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators, to ignite creativity in the classroom.

Art21 Educators’ Guides
Educator Guides are designed to be used as a resource in the classroom before, during, and after viewing Art21 films. These guides provide information about selected artists and themes, questions for classroom discussions, and hands-on activities that provide students with a fundamental understanding of creative and critical thinking processes.

Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons!
Media, Education and Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons, Activities During Pandemic — All in One Curated Place! The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered.

Remote Learning using Artsonia
Use Artsonia to engage in remote-learning with your students. Learn how to use Classroom Mode, communicate with parents and create projects that your students can submit. There are also links to videos, project ideas and lesson plans.

12 World Class Museums You Can Visit Online
Virtual museum tours for: The Louvre; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The National Gallery Of Art; The British Museum; Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History; The Metropolitan Museum Of Art; The Dalí Theatre-Museum; Nasa; The Vatican Museums; The National Women’s History Museum; The National Museum Of The United States Air Force; The Google Art Project

K-12 Art Materials Brainstorming Worksheet
This worksheet walks through reflection and planning for building their own artist tool kit for remote learning
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Creative Constraints: Art Research and Exploration
This is a grade 6-8 lesson exploring creative constraints and installation art.
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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
Access endless open content including educational resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!

Be An Architect!
Fun interactive website about being an architect.

NGA Kids
National Gallery of Art for iPad. Great resource with loads to do!

ArtGames 2.0
The ArtGames app features seven unique video games based on seven artworks in the Albright-Knox’s collection.

A. Pintura Art Detective
Interactive art detective game.

Inside Art
An interesting walk through some historical artwork.

Create picasso like artwork online. Flash Player Required.

Captain Underpants Artist at Home!
Cartoonist Dan Pilkey produces weekly drawing exercises! All free!

PBS Learning Media - Hundreds of Resources!
WFYI and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers of all subjects.

Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even if You Kind of Suck at it
Researchers found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop
Website adventure for student learning about Leonardo Da Vinci.

Color Theory Vs. Dr. Grary and his Dechromatizer
A game about color theory. Interesting and creative fun.

Jamestown and Beyond
Explore twelve works of art that illustrate and illuminate the world of 1607 and the legacy of Jamestown. Some were created by European, African, Asian, and South American cultures around the time that Jamestown was struggling to survive. Others were produced in the centuries that followed as artists drew from fact, legend, and imagination to depict the Jamestown colony.

Trans-Regional Exchange
Use this resource set to explore how art can illustrate various ways in which technologies, forms, images, symbols, beliefs and concepts are adopted, adapted, and/or reinterpreted by communities across the globe until 1500.

Chalk it Up!
With VMFA galleries closed we need your help to share our collection across Virginia! Use these artworks for inspiration and decorate a sidewalk near you!

Californians for the Arts – Covid 19 Resources
Developed for Californians in mind, this resource includes information also relevant for the nation-at-large. A list of resources for news, health recommendations, funding options, broadcasting ideas, emergency response resources.

Native Art: Native Voices - A Resource for K-12 Learners
This resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art is designed to support the integration of Native voices and art into your curriculum. It includes four types of content: Artist interview videos; Essays about artworks in Mia’s collection and discussion questions; Art lessons developed by and with Minnesota Native artists; Reading selections on environmental contexts.

Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the museum’s collection made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons.

Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte
In Spanish, Obra Gráfica Mexicana en el Instituto de Arte de Minneapolis (Mexican Prints at the Minneapolis Institute of Art) provides a close-up look at fourteen prints from the museum’s collection made by a selection of Mexico’s leading artists from 1890 to 2010. This resource is relevant to visual arts, social studies, English language arts, Spanish language, and interdisciplinary lessons.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab
The Smithsonian Institutes right on your desktop! Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for making them your own. Explore and create unique collections tailored to your every need. Students and teachers alike can create their own accounts and dive right in! There’s more! Check out the complete list of their Distance Learning Resources.
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State Directors of Arts Educations share resources here!
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEDAE) is reaching out to gather and share arts education resources. Select the link and discover how SEDAE is resources you and your colleagues in arts education can use!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willlems
Visit Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems everyday. Download each day’s activities and catch up with previous episodes on YouTube. See a sample activity here.
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The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - Resources Online
Visit the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts under Resources for Educators! Thousands of ideas, videos and lessons! Here is just one of many examples for printable lessons.

Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend
Here is just one of 328 art related videos available at The Kids Should See This website. It’s like PBS or NPR for kids!

382 Videos about Art!
Check out the The Kids Should See This website. Thousands of inspiring resources with 328 specifically about art!

Craft in America: Free Videos and Education Guides!
Visit Craft in America for dozens of videos, guides, lessons, and teacher resources including guides and more!

Drawings inspired by daily meals!
Looking for drawing content to share right in your students home? Since the 1980s, Itsuo Kobayashi has drawn a picture of every single meal he eats. Great illustrations to share for your at-home students!

Create a Hopper-inspired Postcard
Inspired by Edward Hopper’s drawings and paintings of hotels, design your own hotel room interior with this template, using two-point perspective.
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This Art in Depth resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts addresses this question: What can art tell us about an individual or community? This resource explores concepts of identity in traditional African art and culture by focusing on twelve objects that speak to various roles within a society.

Virtual Field Trip
You or your students can create a virtual field trip using public art in your community or anywhere in the world. “Tour Builder uses Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.” You could visit architectural landmarks, Chihuly in every state or famous dog sculptures.

Ancient Writing
This resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts explores ancient writing systems. As early civilizations developed, record keeping and communication demanded something beyond symbols and pictures to represent the spoken word. Explore the early writing systems of four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica.

Audubon for Kids - Art Outside!
Do you know how birds get their names or how to make an artistic bird feeder out of recycled materials? Well, check out Audubon for Kids for these lessons and much more! Time to get outside - safely!

Illustrator Gives Free Drawing Lessons
With children now stuck at home across the world, parents will be wondering how to keep them busy over the coming weeks. That’s why illustrator Rob Biddulph has taken to Twitter to offer a series of draw-along videos for kids. #drawingwithrob.

Consider the Source: Humanity, Habitat, and Creativity
Artists across all times and places take advantage of local materials and resources to craft their work. At the same time, the local habitat influences and inspires artistic decisions. Use this resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to explore symbiotic relationships between artist and environment.

Layers of Louis
This digital resource was developed by teenagers in the Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) program. They developed this resource to complement VMFA’s exhibition “Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop.” The timeline focuses on events during and surrounding Richmond-native Louis Draper’s life.

Andy Goldworthy: The Art of Nature
Get outside, safely! View a few works by Andy Goldsworthy and create amazing art from found natural objects. Take photos and share on Social Media! Notice how your work changes with different times of day.
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Free High Quality Drawing Lessons Online with TZM Studio
NAEA member Laura Mann shares dozens of professionally produced drawing videos on YouTube. Laurie’s mission is to teach the skill of drawing at a mastery level to anyone who has the determination and openness to learn. Drawing is a teachable and learnable skill! Check it out!

Lesson Concept: Why Look at Art?
Students practice engaging with art, making meaning from that interaction, and considering how art can connect us to people and ideas across time and place.

What’s the Big Idea?
Artists have stories to tell and concepts to explore. By looking at works of art with an investigative eye, students may connect with these artistic ideas while exercising creative and critical thinking skills. Objects in the Virginia of Fine Arts collection are paired with simple engagement activities to help students thoughtfully consider and unpack the big ideas each artwork presents.

Global Exchange
Groups of people around the world have exchanged goods, knowledge, and ideas for centuries. This resource pairs objects in the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s collection with simple engagement activities to help students explore how art can evidence the various ways in which technologies, forms, images, symbols, and concepts are adopted, adapted, and/or reinterpreted by communities across the globe.

What does leadership look like? Objects in VMFA’s African Art collection are paired with simple engagement strategies to help students explore how different cultures define and visualize the qualities of a leader.

A Guide to Impressionism
Learn about the history and artistic style of the Impressionists in this teacher’s resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Find out why the Impressionists were considered so shocking and how they have influenced art over a hundred years later. Explore the art of Monet, Renoir, Degas, and more!

Lesson Concept: Bringing Empathy into the Classroom: Valuing the Differences
On its surface, art may seem to have one purpose or audience, but closer examination can help reaffirm a broader human connection. Art can speak to us no matter our background, race, gender, religion, orientation, ability, age, or socioeconomic status. Using art in the classroom allows us to celebrate diversity in a powerful and meaningful way.

Lesson Concept: Unlikely Pairings: Conversations Through Art
Use this resource to help students explore the human experience across time and place, give voice to diverse perspectives found in art, and collaboratively reimagine a museum that presents a new story centered around our shared human interactions.

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