Part of being an effective educator is to grow professionally. The world of education is ever-changing, which means we must learn new methods, strategies, and skills.

Art curriculum is generally open-ended, which can be both liberating and overwhelming. When adapting art units/lessons for various grade levels, I always make adjustments to suit the needs of my students. I typically make my own presentations, handouts, visual resources, and create art examples for students to use as a guide for their work. Fortunately, there are many resources out there to spark ideas, and some teachers are kind enough to share their lesson plans and presentations.

Below, I've compiled lists of websites and downloadable documents. These are resources that I have sought out or created, and they are categorized alphabetically by different topics. I plan to keep this section updated as I discover more!

Art Education

Anti-Racist Art Teachers: Working towards removing biases, stereotypes, and false narratives in art education.

Building Home Arts/Crafts for Kids: Shout out to the Girl Scout Troop who contacted me with this resource! This article has several activities & projects for children to try at home. 

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Haring Kids

NAEA: National Art Education Association

National Gallery of Art NGAkids Art Zone

Picasso Head

The Art of Education: Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development for Art Teachers

The Incredible Art Department

Youth Art Month Daily Drawing Challenge: PDF version

Image, Music, and Recording

Free Music Archive: interactive library of legal audio downloads

Screencast-O-Matic: screen recording service (great for tutorials!)

View Pure: Watch YouTube videos without commercials

Vocaroo: voice recording service

General Education

Ducksters: educational site with various categories and games

Edmodo: collaborative educational site that uses a similar format as social networks


Essential Questions

QR Code Generator

The Cornerstone


Presentation and Assessment Tools

Animoto: video slideshows

Kahoot: game-based learning

Linoit: interactive digital sticky-note canvas (similar to Padlet)

Nearpod: interactive presentation and assessment tool; ability to import existing PowerPoint presentations

Padlet: interactive digital bulletin board

PowToon: animated videos and presentations

Wellness Education

Action for Happiness: articles, calendars, and toolkits for schools

Growth Mindset Poster: PDF version, from Apperson

Random Acts of Kindness: lesson plans and kindness prompts

Social and Emotional (SEL) Competencies: PDF version, from CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

Teacher Toolkit for Establishing a Culturally Proficient Classroom: Word Document, from Loyola University

The Three R's of Mindfulness in Education: PDF version, by Daniel Rechtschaffen

The Tree of Contemplative Practices: JPG version, from CMind
(The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society)

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