Resources for Arts Educators

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Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership is a center within Education Commission of the States dedicated to securing a high-quality arts education for every young person in America.


The ARTSEDGE website helps educators to teach in, through and about the arts by providing a daily update about what's happening in arts and education, standards-based curriculum that puts the art in all disciplines, and a library of planning, research and contact information for teachers.


ArtsEdNet is an online resource that provides a wide variety of lesson plans and curriculum ideas to use in the classroom. The lessons, which have grown out of an approach to teaching are called DBAE (Discipline Based Art Education). They include the art of many different cultures, times and places. ArtsEdNet also provides an extensive list of web links to sites that deal with art education, art advocacy, museums and image resources, and opportunities in the arts. It also provides access via subscription to ArtsEdNet Talk, an online, unmoderated discussion group for art educators.

DecoArt Learning Center

DecoArt's Learning Center is an online resource for Artists and Makers of all ages and abilities. This free library of art-related videos is available for anyone looking to understand art concepts and subjects from the anatomy of a brush to advanced composition. Accomplished artists from the U.S. and Canada will inform and inspire you with videos that provide a solid foundation of artistic knowledge. Choose any of the categories to begin your creative adventure!

Kentucky Academic Standards for the Arts

Kentucky Board of Education adopted the National Core Arts Standards at the June 2015 board meeting. The 2015-2016 school year was considered a learning year and in 2016-2017 the standards will be in place.

National Core Arts Standards

Kentucky adopted the National Core Arts Standard in June 2015. This is an excellent website to understand the new Kentucky Standards for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

National Endowment for the Humanities Edsitement

National Endowment for the Humanities Edsitement is a site of highly recommended humanities lesson plans and curriculum.

PBS Learning Center

PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.

Scholastic: Free Lesson Plans

Many resources for teachers offered on this site, including lesson plans, art activities and games, product newsletters, artists’ biographies, glossaries of terminology and art demonstrations.

Teaching Artist Journal

The Teaching Artist Journal is a print quarterly that serves as a voice, forum and resource for teaching artists and all those working at the intersection of art and learning. Each issue includes a wide variety of writing about the most innovative and powerful work being done by teaching artists across the U.S. and around the world. TAJ is a research initiative of the Office of Academic Research, Columbia College Chicago, and is published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

TeachersFirst Art Lesson Plans

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents and students can find resources using our robust search tools.

Wallace Foundation – Arts Education

Arts education has been on the decline in urban public schools for more than a generation. Since 2005, Wallace has been working with nonprofits and school districts to find out how they might engage more young people in high-quality arts learning during the school day and beyond.

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