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Visual and Performing Arts Education Resources


Dalcroze Society of America
Developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze to tap into students' natural sense of rhythm, the Dalcroze Eurhythmics approach focuses on rhythmic movement, aural training, and improvisation. Information about Dalcroze and the Dalcroze method, teacher training programs, etc. is available from this website.
Grades: PreK - 12
International Directory of Resources for Education in the Arts (IDEA)
IDEA is a joint project of the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and UNESCO. The website provides "international models of good practice in arts education."
Grades: K - 12
National Art Education Association (NAEA)
The NAEA, a non-profit, educational organization promotes art education through professional development, education and advocacy. The website provides access to downloadable promotional materials and lists of their publications.
Grades: K - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Cut Paper Illustrated Children's Books
An annotated list of picture books that are illustrated using cut paper. All titles are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 3
Visual and Performing Arts
A selected list of resources to assist in the teaching of music, dance, visual arts and drama. These resources are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library.
Grades: K - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

American Memory from the Library of Congress
The American Memory Project is a digital record of American history, containing documents, maps, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and memorabilia from American life. The collection of over 5 million items chronicles daily life as well as major events. Searchable by broad subjects or keywords. The Learning Page includes sample lesson plans and other teaching suggestions.
Grades: 3 - 12
ArtsEdge: Lessons
Lesson Finder enables you to find free arts-based lesson plans and projects. Search by keyword, grade level, arts subjects or other subjects. Arts subjects include dance, music, theater, media arts, literary arts and visual arts. ArtsEdge is the educational media branch of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Grades: K - 12
ARTSEDNET, the Getty's Art Education Website
The Getty Museum helps teachers develop many different lesson plans that incorporate art into teaching with this useful website. It lists ideas for teachers incorporate examples of visual art into their classrooms and ways for students to express their ideas using multimedia techniques.
Grades: K - 12
Avalon Arts Studio for Children
Artist Charlene McNally suggests art projects from 3D to printmaking to painting to nonmessy art. Includes recipes for making play dough, flubber, etc. as well as links to other art resources.
Grades: PreK - 8
Crayola Creatively Alive Children
A collaboration between Crayola and the National Association of Elementary School Principals this professional development series was designed to support arts-infused education to help children build creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication (21st century skills). Includes videos, guides and other resources.
Grades: K - 5
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
The Gateway was developed by the U.S. Department of Education. Now supported by the National Education Association, the Gateway provides access to the lesson plans and other teaching resources from over 750 organizations. All are evaluated for authoritativeness, quality, and availability.
Grades: PreK - 12
Incredible Art Department
"The Incredible Art Department is for art teachers, art students, parents, homeschoolers and artists. IAD includes information on art jobs, art careers, art schools, art education, lesson plans, visual art news, and art resources." Developed and maintained by Ken Rohrer, and elementary school art teacher.
Grades: PreK - 12
Smithsonian Education
Created by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies this website provides lesson plans and other resources from the Smithsonian Institute. Searchable by keyword, grade level, subject area or standards, the resources range from activity sheets, photos, videos and across all subject areas.
Grades: PreK - 12
Walters Art Museum
Many of the lesson plans from the Education Department of The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD) integrate visual art with social studies, language arts, science and math. Most content is aligned with the Maryland State Curriculum. The Teacher Resources section includes lessons that align with the Common Core Standards.
Grades: K - 12

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Other Resources

arts education IDEAS
Created by Sue Snyder, IDEAS (Inventive Designs for Education and the Arts) is "dedicated to educational excellence in, about, and through the arts." Resources include articles about arts education, recommended children's books and professional reading and many products of interest to the arts educator.
Grades: PreK - 12
ArtsConnectEd:Tools for Teaching the Arts
Explore the combined collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center. Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Register to save items in the Art Collector.
Grades: K - 12
Louvre Museum
This tour of the Louvre Museum in France displays the history of the museum as well as what works one might find there. A fun guide and virtual field trip for students, teachers, art lovers and researchers.
Grades: K - 12
National Gallery of Art
Students can search through the collection and exhibits of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The Resource Finder in the NGA Classroom enables you to access lessons and resources by curriculum area, topic or artist. Video tours, online tours and interactive games are available.
Grades: K - 12
National Standards for Arts Education
The National Standards for Arts Education outline what every K-12 student should know and be able to do in the arts (dance, music, theater and visual arts). Developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations. Search by topic, grade level and arts subject. Lesson plans are also available.
Grades: K - 12
Whitney Museum of American Art: For Kids
Designed to engage young artists For Kids is an interactive website that not only provides information about art and artists but encourages kids to express their ideas about art and share their work.
Grades: 3 - 7

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