PBS’s Art21 offers access to downloadable materials for use in school and community settings to introduce individual artists, themes, or ideas—as well as ancillary resources to contextualize these materials and pursue further research. Educators Guides, Screening Guides, and extended lesson ideas suggest a wide range of ways to teach with Art21.
Arts Impact Teacher Institute
Arts Impact Teacher Institute provides comprehensive professional development in the arts to elementary classroom teachers in Pierce and King Counties. Teachers learn to successfully guide students in arts learning that meets the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements in the Arts.
Arts in Education
New Horizons for Learning is provided by Johns Hopkins University School of Education and offers links to websites and articles about research in education, as well as being a leading web resource for identifying and communicating successful strategies for educational practice.
Art Through Time
Art Through Time: A Global View examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The thirteen-part series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences
ArtsConnectEd is an Internet gateway that links educators and students to the collections, archives, libraries, and curriculum materials of the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Although designed primarily for Minnesota residents, there are online art tours, links and other resources available to other educators.
ARTSEDGE: The National Arts and Education Network 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.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest art museums in the Western world focused exclusively on Asian art. Its collection is comprised of over 17,000 pieces, covering 6,000 years of history.
Ask Asia offers lesson plans on China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and other Asian countries.
At Home in the Heartland Online
At Home in the Heartland Online is an exhibit about family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. This site has been designed as a classroom resource for teachers and students, grades 3 through 12.
Barnes Foundation’s The Art of Looking
Barnes Foundation’s The Art of Looking is an interdisciplinary outreach program for 5th and 6th grade students. Participants explore looking at and responding to art in the Barnes collection while building skills in science, math, and literacy. This program includes hands-on activities that ask students to demonstrate their learning in creative ways.
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue Arts Museum focuses on design, arts and crafts of local Northwest artists and art education.
Calder Curriculum is intended as an outline that teachers and museum educators can use to teach children about the life and art of Alexander Calder in conjunction with a Calder exhibition.
Click! Photography Changes Everything
Click! Photography Changes Everything is a collection of essays and stories by invited contributors and visitors like you discussing how photography shapes our culture and our lives.
Color Theory Simulation
Color Theory Simulation is a series of Flash-based activities exploring color theory from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
At Cookie child experts and educators design interactive online games for kids. Our learning games for kids help in building skills needed for success in school. While playing our fun educational games, kids learn to read with phonics, build skills in math, language, social studies, science and much more. Our educational videos encourage children to keep learning, even after school hours.
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Crow Collection of Asian Art is a permanent set of Dallas, TX galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The photos of the collection pieces, as well as the descriptions should be helpful to those interested in Asian art.
The Museum of Glass’ Curriculum Center offers glass art exhibits and a multitude of interactive activities and classes, including "The Science of Art Consortium" and the "Kids Design Glass" program.
Digital and Media Literacy
Digital and Media Literacy examines the ways that media represents and sometimes misrepresents specific groups of people; how media influence our attitudes and behaviors; and the ethical decisions we make daily as media consumers.
Education in Native American Art
Education in Native American Art by the National Museum of the American Indian provides educational resources regarding American Indian Native art, culture and life. The museum provides a variety of materials for use in the classroom. All have been developed by the museum's education staff in collaboration with Native community members. These materials offer rich Native perspectives on the history and contemporary life of many different Native tribes. Although these resources are grouped by category, they often address multiple themes.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts Educators Online is a free learning tool that lets you quickly and easily create custom art galleries to share with your students online or in the classroom. It's a rich resource, drawing on more than 150,000 Museum objects, that helps students develop critical thinking skills and express themselves in new ways.
At Fun School, we make learning fun! Designed for kids preschool-6th grade, Fun School has games and activities for math, language, science, geography and history, sports, arts and music, along with fun printables like puzzles and coloring pages.
How Instant Film Works
How Instant Film Works is a brief history of the process of instant photography, with information about the invention of the Polaroid camera.
Incredible Art Department
The Incredible Art Department website offers a wealth of resources for art educators, including an extensive library of lesson plans.
Lesson Plans from EDSITE
National Endowment for the Humanities offers Lesson Plans from EDSITEment. Explore the library of humanities lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level. Find Art & Culture lessons on anthropology, art history, folklore, mythology, religion, and more; World Language lessons on languages and the cultures of which they are a part; History & Social Studies lessons on American (including our popular AP U.S. History index) and World History, civics, government and society; and Literature & Language Arts lessons on great writing and great literary works throughout the ages.
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture collects art, artifacts and primary source material in three disciplines: Regional History, Fine Art, and American Indian and other cultures. Exhibit and program descriptions, registration forms, and classroom lesson plans are available on the site. Has traveling outreach program and Teacher Resource Information Packets for download.
NGA Classroom for Teachers and Students is a place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum. From the choices on-line, you can access lessons and resources by curriculum, topic, or artist.
NYC’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Modern Teachers connects educators with MoMA’s resources and collection, including educator guides, lessons and images. MoMA’s online collection includes many artists and object from the departments of Architecture and Design, Drawings, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, Prints and Performance Art. Destination Modern Art is an online intergalactic journey. Travel to MoMA and MoMA PS1 with an alien creature (for kids ages 5-8). Red Studio is a website developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students about issues and questions raised by teens about modern art.
Seven Famous African-American Masters
Seven Famous African-American Masters of American Art is a history of African-American art with an in-depth look at seven different influential artists.
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies offers more than 1,500 rich Smithsonian educational resources for K-12 educators including free downloadable lesson plans on subjects ranging from art and design, science and technology, history and culture, and language arts. Ability to search educational resources that are aligned to your state standards of learning.
The National Gallery of Art’s The Collection showcases art in the following mediums/categories: painting, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, decorative arts, and architecture. It features a streaming slideshow, and a database search of its collection.
Visual Arts Lessons
This guide for building effective visual arts lessons is based on the J. Paul Getty Museum Education department's approach to curricula, which is informed by national and California state content standards and current child development theory. We support classroom experiences that encourage students in all grades to: create art and reflect upon what they have made; seek and construct meaning through encounters with art; create narratives about artworks; understand the historical and cultural contexts of works of art; discover the significance and value of art in their lives. The Grade-by-Grade Guide also provides suggestions for students at different skill levels based on child development theory. On those pages you'll find ideas for art production, incorporating language arts into lessons, and assessment.
Whatcom Museum of History and Art
Whatcom Museum of History and Art offers exhibits of Pacific Northwest art.
Who Am I? Self Portraits in Art and Writing
Who Am I? Self Portraits in Art and Writing is a set of art and writing activities designed to help middle school students begin to answer this important question. Students will look carefully at self-portraits in the National Gallery of Art's collection by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Judith Leyster, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Andy Warhol and respond to questions online.