The following page provides information about the arts and art activities for children or adults. It’s easy to go online and look up art ideas. What is your school district doing to make the arts better for students? How much exposure to the arts do students in your public schools get daily, weekly, ever?
Arts education includes drawing, painting, material arts, singing, playing a musical instrument, dance, and drama.
I hope you can use this page to encourage your student to explore the arts. Many of the museum websites provide virtual tours.
Work to ensure that every school in your public school district provides a strong arts program. Students deserve to be able to take the arts in their schools. The arts can help them do better in school, even stay in school! The arts can also lead to a fulfilling career.
Art Websites and Art Activities
Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The Arts Education section is helpful. There is also a link to a Public Awareness section which includes questions to ask and a breakdown of state standards involving the arts. This may be beneficial in understanding how each state handles art education in public schools. Here’s the toolkit for students.
Angie Villa Art & Education Angie is a certified art teacher, visual artist and musician. She taught elementary and middle school art. Angie blogs about the loss of the arts and problems relating in general to schools, but she also provides art ideas. Thank you, Angie Villa!
Art Cyclopedia look at the upper left side of the screen for valuable links on artists, art museums around the world, and more.
ArtJobs If you’re an artist and out of work, here are some job opportunities. This site describes various jobs related to the arts. Search for full and part-time employment, internships, grants, public art projects, residencies by region, art discipline, type of organization, and more. There is a fee involved to learn specific job information.
Beethoven Depot includes links to interesting information about Beethoven.
The Children’s Music Network has links with musical activities and songs!
Classics for Kids Fun stuff with music, notes, composers, suggestions and activities for parents and teachers, and more.
Crayola They don’t make crayons for nothing! Lots of easy projects and art ideas for children found here. They also combine the arts and science.
Drama Teacher Resource Company has links to drama activities, podcasts, and more!
First Palette Some arts activities for young children.
Good Morning Art Teacher to find ideas for student art projects for children.
Jazz is a website advertising the PBS film by Ken Burns with the same name, but scroll and find informative videos about music.
National Art Education Association (NAEA) provides a wealth of information to assist with art advocacy. They also provide links to assist with starting school art programs.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Assists each state in creating an arts support agency for excellence and access to the arts. NASAA unites, represents and serves those jurisdictional arts agencies. Their website has links to various support organizations.
National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is a non-profit educational association promoting the importance of music. There’s lots to explore here. The site provides links to current research supporting music education. There are no direct activities for children here.
National Endowment for the Arts There are many interesting links here.
National Theater Association Information about education and theater.
The Piano Education Page is filled with some information about piano.
A. Pintura, Art Detective a Dashiell Hammet detective style art exploration. It’s fun!
Support Music: A Public Service of the Music Education Coalition provides information for advocating music in public schools. There are checklists to see where various schools stand when it comes to music and links to many other music and art support organizations.
Theaterish virtual theater and links to resources and information for different ages about theater and acting.
Turnaround Arts is a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The program, founded in 2011 by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, a White House advisory committee on cultural issues, under the leadership of former First Lady Michelle Obama, puts the arts back into select schools. The thinking is that it will keep students in school and boost academic achievement.
20 First Photos from the History of Photography is interesting.
Very Special Arts is an international nonprofit organization with affiliates in 60 countries around the world. It was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith and helps individuals with disabilities showcase their artistic abilities. Valuable resources are provided for teachers.
VH1 Save the Music is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. This nonprofit organization has provided more than $30 million in instruments for schools since 1997. This foundation purchases instruments in order to save music programs that are at risk of being eliminated due to budget cuts or lack of instruments. They conduct awareness campaigns, musical instrument drives, and fundraising events to meet their goals.
Imagine Bus Project is a video demonstrating the power of art. Here it is with incarcerated students.
State Website Links to the Arts and Public Schools
Learn about arts education in the states. Every state approaches the arts in public schools differently. Most address culture unique to the state.
Arts Education in Alabama Courses of art study.
Arts Education Scroll to find resources and more online art sites.
Arkansas Arts and Cultural Resources for Children Links to explore about Arkansas and more.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco de Youngster Studio has art activities along with directions.
J. Paul Getty Resources for Students provides some instructional advice for projects and learning about art.
Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) provide an art project for kids.
Los Angeles lists more links about the city and its art culture.
Arts Education in Colorado is focused heavily on standards, even for the arts! But there are links to other subjects, and more standards.
Arts Education in Colorado: Guidebook and Resources is about art programs. Many links to support the arts, but not for finding art projects for children.
Connecticut Arts Standards It’s about the standards.
Delaware Arts Education It’s about the standards.
Florida Alliance for the Arts seems to rely on partnerships and is interactive.
ArtsGeorgia: ArtsEd Program Connected to Americans for the Arts.
Learning Design: Fine Arts focus on Hawaii.
Art – Boise School District has some interesting links.
Arts Idaho is standards-based but might find some good ideas.
Iowa Department of Education: Fine Arts Talk about the data.
Arts KC Not sure if they have anything to do with public schools.
Americans for the Arts It is disturbing that a negative report about the loss of the arts in Kentucky showed up.
Jefferson County Public Schools: Visual and Performing Arts in Louisville seem to have the arts.
Boston Children’s Museum Virtual tour.
Exploring Leonardo. Learn about the artist, scientist, and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci. From the Boston Museum of Science.
The Kennedy Center Arts Edge Some ideas and interesting information here if you poke around a bit.
Michigan Department of Education: Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment Project Look closely at that title!
Michigan Merit Curriculum: Standards, Benchmarks, and Grade Level Content Expectations for Visual Arts, Music, Dance, and Theater
Minnesota Department of Education: Arts Even during the pandemic they’re focused on standards. No art activities found here.
Mississippi Department of Education: Visual & Performing Arts More standards.
The Met: Educators has lesson plans for teachers.
The Met: Kids and Families online audio guide provides information links about art at the Met.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Kids Students videos describe famous paintings and sculptures and write a story about the art. They’re encouraged to do their own art.
New York Foundation for the Arts Art jobs.
Oklahoma City Public Schools: Arts – Visual & Performing Provides additional links to the arts.
Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums located in Pittsburgh. Have educator and parent links to activities for children.
Rhode Island Music Educators Association might provide insight to other states trying to save their music programs. Resources and links to various music sites of interest are provided including information that may be helpful for advocacy.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston offers program activities.
The P. Buckley Moss Foundation has as its mission to assist children who learn art in different ways. The P. Buckley Moss Foundation provides grants to teachers seeking to utilize the arts to help children with learning disabilities. Introduces students to P. Buckley Moss.
West Virginia Department of Education: The Arts Standard, but couldn’t find them.
Smithsonian American Art Museum activities and interactive videos are available.
International Art Museum Sites
Science and Media Museum from the U.K. Provides activities for children.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Learn about the artist and the museum.
The Artist as Citizen by Joseph W. Polisi
Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling by Charles Fowler
Understanding Those Who Create by Jane P
American Library Association