Visual Arts

Useful Websites for Lesson Plans, Organizations, and more

  • Art for Small Hands
    • This website is for any adult — teachers, parents — looking for step-by-step guidance in how to instruct and develop, without overwhelming or dampening, the artist inside every child.  Each lesson plan is self-contained with all the information needed to complete the project: the target age; the key concepts to be learned; the materials needed; helpful notes to avoid pitfalls; and some anticipated conversations you may have with your young artists as they are working.
  • ABC Gallery / Olga’s Gallery
    • This online gallery contains over 15,000 searchable paintings and includes brief biographies and artwork examples.
  • Crayola’s Arts-infused Lesson Plans 
    • Crayola offers a large selection of art lesson plans, which are searchable by subject and grade.
  • National Gallery of Art – NGAkids Art Zone – Interactive art that you can make online
    • NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages. Simply select a thumbnail image at the left or click one of the colorful scrolling banners to learn more about each program.
  • The Teacher’s Guide
    • Art Lesson Plans, Drawing Lesson Plans, Painting Lesson Plans, Sculpture Lesson Plans

 

  • Art Works for Kids – Lesson Plan Tool
    • Search their library for arts integrated lesson plans in visual arts, dance, theater, music, media art, and literary art.
  • Brigham Young University (BYU) ARTS Partnership in the David O. McKay School of Education
    • Lesson Plans – This website offers a variety of lesson plans for K-6 classroom teachers and art specialists.
    • Basic Classroom Management Overview PD Video – In this series, Kim Babka, Educational Consultant, shares her suggestions and strategies for classroom management. As you try her suggested strategies in your classroom, some will work for you and others will need to be adapted to suit your style and personality.
    • Getting Started as a BTSALP Specialist PD Video– Experienced specialists in each art form share their best tips and strategies for success in their classroom including setting up your classroom and planning your year.
  • PNC Grow Up Great®
    • PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.  PNC Grow Up Great® grant partners developed these free, printable, theme-based lessons in science and the arts to help add a spark of excitement to your classroom. They are designed to be used flexibly with existing curricula. We understand the importance of high quality. You can feel confident knowing that these resources were developed by highly regarded organizations and early childhood educators.
    • Lesson plans by preschool theme.
    • Sesame Street® Learning Resources – Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street®, these free bilingual resources help parents, caregivers and educators turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for young children.
  • The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
  • TED-Ed Lessons and Clubs
    • TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.

 

Local Professional Development Organizations and Programs for Schools

  • Art Access
    • Art Access is a community-focused organization that strives to demonstrate that the arts are a universal vehicle for drawing out our similarities, celebrating our differences, and ultimately connecting us to each other. Through our philosophy of inclusion, we serve a diverse population of adults and children with and without disabilities, as well as the elderly, youth-at-risk, refugees, the homeless, veterans, and other disenfranchised peoples. Art Access offers a diverse collection of mission-driven programs, including gallery exhibitionsworkshopsartist residencies, literary arts activities, a mentorship program, and community outreach. We are an affiliate of VSA, which is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through its Office of VSA & Accessibility. We are the only arts organization in Utah that focuses on serving individuals with disabilities. Art Access continues to play a significant role in helping to eliminate social barriers and create an inclusive world for everyone through art.
  • The Art Truck
    • The only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah, the UMOCA Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state.  Each on-site visit by the Art Truck includes the expertise of a trained museum educator who leads students through a meaningful exploration of the current exhibition.  Teachers are provided with structures lesson plans to supplement their tour and incorporate the Art Truck more deeply into their curriculum. Visit the website (or click on The Art Truck title above) to get the Art Truck at your school!
  • Book Arts Program at the University of Utah
    • The Book Arts Program champions wide-ranging explorations of a book. In our fully equipped studio, bookbinders, printers, and book artists utilize type, letterpress, photo engravings and bookbinding equipment as they combine traditional techniques with modern aesthetics and technology. The Book Arts Program promotes involvement with the art of the book by facilitating community programming for adults and the K-12 community of learners and educators, exhibitions that celebrate and explore both the traditional and innovative arts of the book and studio access for those who have completed foundation courses.
  • Champion Creativity: The Power of Art-Infused Education
    • Champion Creativity:The Power of Art-Infused Education is a free professional learning community (PLC) that helps principals, art teachers and other teacher leaders build creative capacity schoolwide. The online community hosts interactive professional development so educators can be inspired by others’ promising practices and share ideas as they explore the power of art to transform a school.
  • Springville Museum of Art – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Evening for Educators – One of the longest-running programs of the StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP) is the Evening for Educators series. These events are held on average once a month during the academic year at locations across the state of Utah.  Evening for Educators feature keynote speakers, hands-on workshops, networking opportunities, and free educational materials designed to help teachers integrate the night’s theme into their curriculum. Teachers may receive inservice credit for attending these events.
    • Youth & Family Programs
    • Teen & Adult Programs
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Evening for Educators was introduced at the Springville Museum of Art. Designed by the Statewide Art Partnership, the program has expanded throughout the state and now includes the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA). Each presentation includes a lecture and workshops focused on a specific art theme, idea, genre, or time period. This free program, open to all educators, is designed to prepare teachers to use the visual arts in all school curricula. Packets with art work images, biographies of the artists, and cross-curricular lesson plans are preloaded onto USB drives.  All lessons are available for download on the website.
    • K-12 School Programs – Including group visits and tours, Museum in the Classroom, Traveling Museum Project, and more.
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
    • The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council offers workshops to help artists manage their careers. Topics may include applying for exhibition or performance opportunities, developing written materials such as biographies or artist statements, managing budgets, or learning the legal terms and rights of working artists.
  • Treehouse Museum – Ogden
    • Treehouse educational tour programs are designed with learning in mind. Our unique activities, centered around our exhibits, compliment classroom lessons and support the Utah State Core Curriculum. Our educational tours provide supplemental activities not offered to our general public visitors. Call 801-394-9663 x103 to book your School Tour today!
  • Utah Art Education Association
    • UAEA advocates for and increases the quality of visual arts education through professional development, collaboration, and leadership opportunities.  UAEA hosts the annual Art in the Sun Conference for art teachers and specialists from Utah.
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) School Programs
    • The UMFA offers free resources and school programs for K-12 teachers and students at public and charter schools in Utah.
    • Museum in the Classroom – UMFA Museum in the Classroom outreach educators bring authentic art objects and hands-on experiences to classrooms across the state of Utah, teaching fine art and cross-disciplinary lessons.
    • Traveling Museum Project – The UMFA’s Museum-in-Residence program, the Traveling Museum Project, installs temporary exhibitions in schools throughout Utah using objects from the UMFA’s Education Collection. Each exhibition is accompanied by art-based in-class presentations and educator professional development workshops using an object-centered approach to explore the role art plays in people’s lives across the globe. The program assists in the development of visual literacy, fostering independent learning, and cultivating critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity.
  • Utah Teachers of Art History (UTAH)
    • UTAH (Utah Teachers of Art History) is a group of individuals within the state of Utah who have come together to help each other improve the understanding, appreciation, and teaching of Art History in Utah.  Our goal is to combine ideas and resources to enliven and inspire classroom teaching, and to minimize duplication of effort and maximize the sharing of ideas that will help in creating a robust Art History curriculum and learning environment, informed and inspired by national standards and rigor.

 

Art Museums

 

National and Utah Professional Arts Organizations

  • Arts Education Partnership
    • Current and emerging information about arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
  • ArtsEdSearch
    • A collection and summarization of high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
    • Information on the program that Weber State University and school districts work with to provide arts integrated instruction to elementary students around the state of Utah.
  • Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • A method organizing thinking skills into six levels, from the most basic to the more complex levels of thinking.
  • National Art Education Association (NAEA)
    • Offers information about trainings, resources, grants and scholarships that support professional growth and leadership.
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
    • The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council offers workshops to help artists manage their careers. Topics may include applying for exhibition or performance opportunities, developing written materials such as biographies or artist statements, managing budgets, or learning the legal terms and rights of working artists.
  • Utah Education Association (UEA)
    • For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing Utah public education. The UEA represents 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel and students in education programs at universities.  There typically is a UEA Convention & Education Exposition every year.
  • Utah Education Network (UEN)
    • UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation’s premier education networks.
  • Utah State Board of Education: Fine Arts
    • Links to the USBE Fine Arts Core Standards, information about professional development events, and contacts for fine arts organizations.