Comprehensive: Includes curriculum, lesson-specific art materials for a class, teacher/parent volunteer training, and ongoing support via your school’s Art in Action coordinator
Innovative: The Online Lessons, launched in 2009-10 after several years’ development, incorporate state-of-the-art techniques for discussing the artworks and demonstrating the art projects
Technology aligned: Many parts of each online lesson can be projected in the classroom on interactive whiteboard or screen: Animated art concept discussions, art technique mini-videos, artist history, links to other works by artist
Culturally diverse: The 108 lessons (12 lessons per program K through 8) represent cultural diversity and a history span of 17,000 years, from cave paintings through African/Greek/Roman/Chinese/Indian/Japanese cultures to contemporary American Great Masters
Easy to teach: Each lesson gives straight forward, easy-to-follow directions for guiding successful discussions and projects. No prior art background is needed
Integrates easily with other curriculum: Language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and music
Run by school: We train your teachers and parent volunteers, and we support you to successfully implement and maintain the program
Proven: The program has evolved since 1982 and is expanding into many schools throughout California and other states
Standards aligned: Aligned with California State and National Academic Standards for Visual Arts Content
Acclaimed: Users have given the curriculum a 99.6% satisfaction rating and many rave reviews
Affordable: The cost depends on the number of classrooms and the choice of art materials. To have a quote created for your school contact sales
The structure of the program balances student skills and creativity with steps that ensure success for all learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic). It's the only time in school for self-expression, and total immersion puts a student in charge of his or her project. The program builds self-esteem: there are no right or wrong answers, and everyone's ideas are important. Students get acquainted with different cultures.
The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. The arts teach that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives -- there are many ways to see and interpret the world. Also, the arts remind us that the limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said and to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
We chose art that is appropriate for and appealing to children of a given age. Young children like art that tells stories and shows images of children. Third graders are interested in the “magic” of the perspective. Fourth graders like modern art because they are able to draw it successfully. The lessons for grades 5-8 all integrate well with social studies. We listened to classroom teachers who suggested images and themes that integrate art with other parts of the curriculum.
For each grade level we selected art motifs such as portrait, landscape, still life, abstract art; we also chose works in a variety of media including painting, prints, and sculptures, and art from different cultures reflecting the actual student demographics: European, Asian, African, Latin American.
The program includes a masterpiece-based curriculum with 12 lessons for each program level from K through 8, mounted prints, lesson-specific art materials for 24 students, teacher/docent training, and ongoing school support.
A Full ARTbox contains the PaperPlus ARTbox plus all the materials (except clay) needed for 24 students to complete the 12 lessons in a given program level, including paint, oil and chalk pastels, brushes, pre-cut paper, templates, etc. The PaperPlus ARTbox contains the pre-cut paper and templates for 24 students to complete the 12 lessons in a given program level
Anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. Some schools teach a lesson in 60 minutes, while some split a lesson into two 45 minute sessions: One session discussing the masterpiece and the artist, and one session doing the art project.
A school’s Art in Action coordinator is the liaison between the school and Art in Action and is typically a parent or teacher with a strong interest in the program. The school’s Art in Action coordinator organizes the program at his or her school by recruiting a team of docent volunteers at back to school functions and in the school's newsletter. The volunteers attend a group training to learn how to teach the Art in Action program. The coordinator works closely with the Art in Action staff to ensure the quality and consistency of the program.
Starting an Art in Action program at your school is easier than it looks, even if you've never tried anything like this before. Art in Action will support you every step of the way with training, materials, and networking with like-minded educators and parents. We will help you create a rich and rewarding art program at your school. Hide
The annual license fee gives the school the right to use the Art in Action program during the school year for the grade levels and classrooms specified by the school at the beginning of the school year. It gives access to the Online Lessons, group training, workshops, and ongoing school support. It gives the right to purchase custom training, curriculum books, lesson-specific art supplies.
We are in frequent contact with the Art in Action coordinators at each school, providing tips and assistance for how to organize and run the program with success. We offer custom training for teachers and docents at the school, and group training at our Menlo Park, CA facilities. We help schools organize their art shows at the school, at public libraries, or at other venues. Every year we organize a summer art show for schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we offer workshops on art practices at Menlo Park. Our monthly newsletter is free for anyone to subscribe to. It gives ideas about art education and art advocacy, reports on current events at Art in Action, museum shows and fun activities for kids. Teachers and parent volunteers at schools participating in the Art in Action program have online access to additional resources and advice on the Art in Action website, describing in detail how to run the program with success in their school.