Art Smarts

Locating lesson plans for creative teachers and students

ArtsEdge Lesson Plans
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The search engine on this Web site makes finding art-related lessons a snap. Either select "visual arts" and then the appropriate grade level (k-4, 5-8, 9-12), or simply plug in a keyword. Created by: The National Arts and Education Network and MarcoPolo. Dont Miss: The e-mail tab on every lesson plan makes it easy to share documents with a colleague. Detour. For another list of great visual arts lessons created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and MarcoPolo, go to here.

KinderArt Lesson Plans
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This site contains a great selection of teacher-submitted art lessons for pre-K to grade eight. An especially unique category is "recycling" in which you'll find art projects for teachers on a shoestring budget. KinderArt offers other unique lesson topics, including textiles, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, and folk art. Created by: Andrea Mulder Slater and Jante blokhuis-mulder. Detour. For more teacher-created lessons, visit www.education-world.com/a_tsl/archives/ah.shtml and select either the "art history" or "visual arts" links.

Incredible Art Lessons
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Here's another collection of highly creative art lessons submitted by teachers and arranged by grade level. Most contain links to related sites and books that will probably be in your library's collection. Created by: Art educators Judy Decker and Ken Rohrer. Detour: Looking for more creative art lessons? Then check out ArtsEdNet.

Crayola Lesson Plans
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Here you'll find interesting visual arts lessons arranged by grade level (pre-K-12), theme (books, crafts, holidays, etc.), medium (including watercolors, pencil, markers, chalk), and timeframe (e.g., 30 to 60 minutes). To access the lesson plans you must register (it's free of charge) and login with an e-mail address and password. There are banner ads, but they are clearly identified as such. Created by: Binney & Smith, makers of Crayola crayons..

Designmantic: Art Designs and Ideas for Kids.
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This is a private design firm's page of creative activities to do with kids K-5. Could be helpful for that night of babysitting or use it as a springboard for that creative project option in high school.