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Art Lesson Plans
Arts Edge
An incredible index of lesson plans and activities integrating art with other subjects. This link takes you to their "Lesson Finder."

All Curricula at the Getty
A list of units and lesson plans available from the J. Paul Getty Museum.

AMACO Lesson Plans
Many ceramic, glass, and craft lesson plans from AMACO Products.

Online Interactive Lesson Units
From the National Gallery of Art.   

Edsitement Art and Culture
High quality lesson plans for a variety of arts from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


ArtsNet Minnesota
A joint project of Minnesota art centers and museums, the site contains artworks, biographies, style characteristics, discussion questions, student activities, and lesson plans.

Core Knowledge - Art and Music Lesson Plans
Many elementary art lesson plans organized by grade level.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Lesson Plans
Forty-two high-quality lessons.

KinderArt
K-12 lesson plans and resources.

Art Online Lesson Plans
A large number of lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum

Art Lesson Plans, Ideas, and Activities
Art lesson plans for all grade levels from the Lesson Plans Page.  

Incredible Art Department
A large selection of lessons organized by grade level.

Resources for Teachers
Art lesson plans from the College of Education, University of Houston.

Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
An incredible number of curriculum units in a variety of subject areas. This link takes you to "A" in the alphabetical index. Scroll down the page to "art" and find a vast number of art-related units.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Lesson Plans
Art lesson plans organized by topic. Lessons cover such topics as modern art, African art, and ancient Egyptian art.

Art Activities and Lesson Plans for Exploring Friendship
A long list. See also
Art Activities and Lesson Plans for Exploring Kindness and Art Activities for Exploring Self-Esteem.

Color Theory
A 10-day lesson plan for Art 1. See also Edible Color Wheels, Scheming with Colors and Getting to Know the Color Wheel.   

Crayola Home Page
Information about and lesson plans using crayons. Use the scroll-down menu to find the lesson plans.

Aunt Annie's Crafts
Many ideas for crafts projects, including seasonal and holiday suggestions.

Critical thinking and art with The Snowy Day
A 1st-grade lesson plan using this book by Ezra Jack Keats.

Chinese Calligraphy
A K-4 lesson plan from Arts Edge.

Africa: Communicating Values and History through Masks
An early elementary lesson plan in which
students create an African style mask that depicts a value or character trait that is important in their community.

Adjective Monster
A k-4 lesson plan integrating visual art and the language arts.

Watercolor Technique Butterflies
A lesson plan for grades the primary grades.

Artist Spotlight WebQuest
For middle school students.

Adapting to the Land
An activity for grades 2-4 integrating art and the study of cultures.

Maya Lin
A lesson plan for grades 3-4 on memorial art and this woman who designed the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial.

1,000 Cranes Lesson Plan
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 involving Japanese Oragami.


Rockin' Chalk
A 4th-grade lesson plan integrating art and science.


Lesson Plan Ideas Using Petroglyphs
Activities for grade 5.

Asian Influences on European Art
Elementary and middle grade lesson plans.

The Folks of Folk Art
A middle school unit complete with background information and 4 lesson plans.

Islamic Foil Art
This art activity, which is appropriate for many grade levels, may be just what you need for your multidisciplinary unit on Islam. 

Visual Patterns in Tessellation
A lesson plan allowing
students to examine the mathematical nature of art, tilings, and tessellations.

An American Scene Painter
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 from Arts Edge. See also Decades Mural Project.

Romare Bearden Collage
An 7th-gtade lesson plan on the work of African American artist Romare Bearden.

Art Show with the Masters
Another middle-grade lesson  plan from Arts Edge.

Exploring the Uses of Art through Latino Murals
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from LA Youth.

Emotion in Art and Poetry
A multidisciplinary lesson plan for elementary and middle school.   

Seeing Feelings
An art lesson plan using Van Gogh's The Old Mill. From the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. See their many other lesson plans.


Hands in Art
Several lesson ideas for middle and high school students.

Color in 3-D: A Nature Design Project
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 in which students create a two-dimensional design using two aspects of Hans Hoffmann's art.

A Study of Van Gogh's "The Starry Night" 
A 7th-grade unit involving discussion and painting. See also Make Monet, Monet! for another lesson plan from this source.

Picasso: The Early Years, 1892-1906: Teachers' Guide
Three lesson plans for middle and high school grades.  

Landscape Painting: Artists Who Love the Land
Two lesson plans for the middle grades and above from Smithsonian Education.

Frida Kahlo
A teacher's guide from PBS with high school lesson plans.

Ceramics: A Vessel into History
A unit for a high school ceramics course with a studio emphasis.

Japan: Images of People
A unit designed to help students understand Japanese painting and culture.

Still-Life Painting: Arranging Art
Four lesson plans for grades 9-12.

Rhythm and Art: Elements of Art
A high school lesson plan from Arts Edge.

Drawing Political Cartoons
Another high school lesson plan from Arts Edge.

Looking and Learning at an Art Museum
Lesson plans for grades 6-12.

Neoclassicism and the Enlightenment  
A curriculum for the middle and high school grades.

Photographing America: A Cultural History, 1840-1970
Ten curriulum units!

Representation of American Culture, 1769 -1969: Art and Literature
Ten more curriculum units.

Racism, Gender, Ethnicity, and Aesthetics in the Art of Graffiti
A high school unit.

Shaping Ideas: Symbolism in Culture
Three lesson plans for grades 9-12.

Impressionism: Reflections of a Culture
A high school unit created to complement the French curriculum.

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Art Resources
Artcyclopedia
An excellent source of information and links to sites about artists and their works.

ARTLEX
An online art dictionary. See also Glossary of Art Terms.

Artsconnected.org
A searchable data base of materials for teaching the arts.

ArtiFAQ 2100 Time Portal
A highly interactive site designed to predict how art will influence our lives in the next hundred years. Through probing past art inspirations and scientific methods, students can use available data to make reasonable forecasts for the future. Solving the site's quiz will give you access to the Future Art Gallery.

World Artist Directory
This comprehensive site features artist forums, world art news, a portfolio gallery, and a special section for kids. See also Artists Directory and Artistic Directory.

Art Museums Worldwide
From Artcyclopedia.

Art Museum Links
From Thinkquest. See the left-side menu for links to sites on styles of art, famous artists, and art by kids. Click here for more art museum links.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
See their Online exhibits.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York.

National Gallery of Art
Washington, D.C.

Explore the Collection  
Site allows you to view images of all works on display at the Getty Museum.

Art Institute of Chicago
See their collections and exhibitions, or view their educational resources.

Los Angeles County Art Museum
The largest art museum in the Western U.S.

Walker Art Center
Minneapolis.

Dick Blick Art Materials
Excellent online source for art supplies.

Web Clip Art
Need clip art? Find it here.

Photography from About.com
Learn all about it from an online guide.

A. Pintura Art Detective
On-line art history adventure for kids.

Art History for Kids
Online art history activities for kids

The Incredible Art Department
Art lessons, news, links to other arts sites.

Eyes on Art
On-line art activities including elements of design, eras of art, and the works of unknown artists. Click on Artspeak 101 for the visual glossery/elements of design. A wonderful site!!
 


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