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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
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 Teachers section includes sample lesson plans and other teaching suggestions.
Grades: 3 - 12
ArtsEdge: Lessons
ArtsEdge is the educational media branch of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Its website provides free arts-based lesson plans and projects for the visual and 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
Dynamic & Globalizing Korea: A Primer for Teaching in US Schools
This website was developed from a Fulbright-Hays Short-Term Projects Abroad grant program awarded to William Paterson University of New Jersey. As part of this grant six teacher candidates and six current teachers visited South Korea in the summer of 2014. As the result of their travels the participants developed lesson plans related to Korea. This site is intended to grow with additional teaching resources pertaining to Korea.
Grades: 6 - 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
McRel Lesson Plans
This selection of lesson plans is divided by broad academic subjects, then by topic. While most were created by McRel staff, some are selected from other online resources. McRel (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) is a private, nonprofit corporation that translates the best of education research into practice.
Grades: K - 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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National Core Art Standards
Developed by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards these standards apply to Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre And Visual Arts. The websites is searchable by discipline, anchor standards, or grade level, and a "customized" handbook can be created.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Core Arts Standards
The National Core Arts Standards for Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts uses the processes of Creating, Performing/ Presenting/ Producing, Responding and Connecting as its framework . These standards were developed by a coalition of arts education organizations.
Grades: PreK - 12
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards--Visual and Performing Arts
Standard 1 of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The 2014 standards are identical to the 2009 standards in anticipation of the adoption of the National Core Arts Standards in 2014. The standards will be reviewed again in 2019.
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
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
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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