The Art in Action School Program is a discipline-based, sequential art curriculum designed around the works of the great masters. The curriculum comprises 108 lessons, 12 each year from kindergarten through eighth grade. The Art in Action Program is aligned with California and National Visual Arts Standards and integrated with other elements of the core curriculum.
Taught by classroom teachers and parent volunteers, the Art in Action curriculum is fun to learn and easy to teach, even for non-artists. Art in Action provides training for teachers and volunteer docents, ongoing school support, and all the art materials and prints necessary for implementing a yearlong program. Curriculum books provide detailed, recipe-style directions for guiding successful discussions and projects, while still allowing the flexibility to ensure that the Art in Action Program will complement every school environment.
The online resources provide animated analysis of each masterpiece, background information on the artist and art style, video directions showing how to do the project, and detailed suggestions for curriculum integration, planning, setup, and resources. At the end of each lesson, students are asked to identify their understanding of concepts and vocabulary as applied to their own creative masterpiece.