Eleven Art Education Resources for the Classroom

In honor of the start of 2011, here are eleven art education resources for the classroom:

  1. Art Through Time: A Global View is a thirteen-part series from Annenberg Media that takes a thematic approach to art history and appreciation. Each program focuses on a particular theme, while exploring diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences. The web site, guide, and text provide additional opportunities to learn more.
  2. This Guide to Impressionism from the UK’s National Gallery in London explores the history and techniques of this revolutionary movement that became one of the most popular styles in modern art.
  3. Speaking of Impressionism, Monet Sketchbooks, from the Sterline and Francine Clark Institute, allow users to browse or search the contents of eight of the artist’s sketchbooks.

  4. MoMA recently posted an Abstract Expressionism Teaching Resource on their website that includes lesson plans, worksheets, powerpoints, discussion questions, audio guides, videos, and more that explore the processes and materials used by Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko. The content of the guide is intended for use in grades 6–12, although teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to adapt the materials for their classroom.
  5. Seurat and La Grande Jatte, from the CBS Morning Show provides a historical account of the development of Georges Seurat as a major figure in nineteenth-century painting and the preparatory work the led to his best known painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte.” While the article is based on a 2004 exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago, materials from the exhibition are still available on the museum’s website here.
  6. The William F Eisner Museum of Advertising and Design’s collection of online exhibits features highlights of 20th century advertising involving automobiles, record albums, and burma shave. There are also exhibits covering Boris Artzybasheff’s illustrations for the cover of TIME magazine and Hikifuda, or Japanese handbills. The site offer an opportunity to explore some unique aspects of visual culture and how graphic art are used to influence consumer behavior.

  7. African Mosiac features highlights of the National Museum of African Art’s permanent collection acquired in the past 10 years. A variety of objects from gold jewelry to wooden figures are thematically presented, reflecting the diversity and exceptional quality of Africa’s arts.

  8. Adobe Youth Voices Essentials offers downloadable curricular materials with supporting resources for teachers interested in creating innovative learning experiences for young people with digital media. Media areas covered include print, video, photography, and animation, along with real-world examples that reflect the philosophy the Adobe Youth Voices program—”create with purpose.” Online registration is required to obtain the materials.
  9. For several years now, I’ve sent my students to the Spiral Art Education website to see exemplary art curriculum in action. I just recently learned of a companion site that Olivia Gude, Director of the Spiral Workshop, set up on the NAEA’s Digication portfolio site that offers a wealth of additional information, curriculum materials, project samples and more. Also, be sure to browse Gude’s e-portfolio that is linked to on the site. Lots of check out here!

  10. Teachers.TV is a TV channel and website supported by Britain’s Department of Education that provides professional development for anyone working in UK schools. I encourage art teachers in the US (and elsewhere) to check out the collection of videos on the Teachers.TV website that take into classrooms across the UK where teachers and students are in the process of implementing the national Art and Design curriculum.
  11. Lastly, The Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge website recently underwent a major redesign and now includes a whole new look with portals for educators, families and students. There is also an option to personalize your experiences and save favorite site resources via “MY ARTSEDGE.” Since it’s inception Artsedge has served as a major online resource for educators looking for for arts-integrated educational content and curriculum materials. While the site continues to favor the performing arts, there is plenty here to interest visual arts teachers. In short, its definitely worth bookmarking on your classroom computer.