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Resources on the Web

The internet is an excellent and vast resource to help you find and plan classroom art lessons.  The following is a by no means exhaustive list of websites that are useful for elementary art.

  • LWSD Art Docent Program - The Lake Washington School District has developed a full set of 7 art lessons per grade for Art Docent use. 
  • Deep Space Sparkle - Deep Space Sparkle has been adopted as curriculum in LWSD. Teachers will be leading the lessons, but docents can help prepare materials and act as art helpers. The website has a lot of lesson ideas and blog posts outside of the curriculum that are available without a login.
  • The Art of Education - Lots of lesson plans for students of all ages and artistic development.
  • KinderArt - Another excellent webpage for finding lesson plans, project examples, and ideas. Also searchable by grade, theme, etc.  Click the "Start Here" menu tab and have a look.
  • Dick Blick - The art material supplier breaks down lessons in grade level groups. The link is to K-4, but grade 5 docents can also find great project ideas by looking in the grade 5-8 section.
  • Crayola - Organized similarly to Pinterest, lots of ideas and plans for lessons for all ages.
  • Mrs. Brown's Art Class - Lessons are organized by grade level from K-5.  Some lessons have associated PowerPoint presentations.
  • Pinterest - It would be remiss to make a list of art lesson ideas without including Pinterest. There are literally thousands of projects on the site. Tip: Try different mixes of keywords, as in "elementary art paint," "first grade painting," "fall elementary painting lessons" for best results. Requires a login (free).
Special Needs

The following links have lesson ideas and useful information for helping every student express themselves artistically while also enjoying the creative process. 


Free Online Courses and Videos

Educational resources for art docents themselves - brush up on your Van Gogh to ancient Egyptian art to modern artists!

Khan Academy - Information about why art is important, the history of art, etc.

Open Culture - Compilation of links to free art content from museums, galleries, and libraries.

The Open University - Learn about the arts and humanities.



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