Art Education for 21st Century

The resources at these sites are grounded solidly in the best cognitive and creative approaches to art education.


All teachers — don’t skip this area regardless of your specialty.

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American Art at the Smithsonian

American Art at the Smithsonian offers am impressive collection of teacher guides, resources and videos. The guides are identified with corresponding standards and grade levels, and most are in PDF format. Student worksheets and other printable resources are also provided.  learn more

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Forced Perspective Game

A team of students from Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center developed this First Person Puzzle game built around Forced Perspective. This is a demo of the technology at work. A great jumping off point for a talk on Forced Perspective.  learn more

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A glimpse into the world of Impressionistic painters combines art history and composition in painting.  learn more

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Inside Art

Inside Art complements Pintura -- only at this site students actually find themselves inside a painting and solve a mystery to exit.  learn more

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Kinetic Wave Sculptures

In this video from MAKE: television, Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reubens creates sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements, his work is elegant and hypnotic.  learn more

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Lesson Planet: Art History Lesson Plans & Worksheets

Founded by educators for educators, Lesson Planet is passionate about creating and delivering innovative digital tools and quality educational resources to help personalize student learning and inspire great teaching. For over 20 years, Lesson Planet’s team of experienced teachers have been curating and reviewing online, free and open educational resources (OER), as well as building…  learn more

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National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC illustrates major achievements in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. Learn about art, and learn through art—at any age. Look, imagine, discuss, write, and make.  learn more

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Pintura at EduWeb

Pintura is designed as a mystery site at which students learn techniques, such as brushstrokes, by comparing an old painting-artist unknown-discovered in an attic with masterworks to determine the name of the artist. Alternate pathways are followed until the right solution to the mystery is found. Pretty cool. A simple assessment tool is included.  learn more

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Seattle Art Museum: Programs & Learning

Explore art from across the world's largest continent in this series of six videos that focus on diverse objects and provide opportunity for creative response. Led by SAM Educators and local leaders in art education, these videos are aligned with Washington state learning standards in Visual Art and English Language Arts.  learn more

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The Getty Museum

The Getty Museum turns traditional art education upside down. Rather than introducing themes and ideas through art history and then applying those concepts to art-making activities, the curriculum elicits these building blocks as students are engaged in activities. The activities culminate in the construction of a portfolio. The premier art educators, like Eliot Eisner, in…  learn more