Art Education Resources

As a recent major in art education, I have been contemplating what techniques and lessons I would share with other educators. While I am a beginner in my field, I do recognize that I have several engaging lessons on video, that would translate extremely well into lesson planned projects. Below are a few of those videos, and how I would go about adapting these for classroom use, complete with developmentally appropriate skill range.

Creating a binder book using upcycled materials could be an excellent jumping off point for a sketchbook or art journal to use in class. This can be customized in any way, and offers the chance to use different forms of media. For middle through high school.

Recycled materials are some of my favorite to use in my own art, but also teaches children the value of environmental protection and creativity through material reuse. This technique takes the typical toilet paper roll, and makes it into a stamp for a perfect pattern. Industrial sized rolls, or tubes of any kind could be rolled, cut to add pattern, and more.

Adapt this using thinned tempera paint and dish soap for a lesson in color theory, or to share a lesson on free mark making for abstraction. Suitable for K-8.

These books can be created using recycled materials, such as cardboard, plywood, or heavy paper. A tunnel book is a great way to teach focal point as well. Students can adapt based on personal taste and expression. Suitable advanced middle school to high school grades.

Crayon resist is a popular technique to teach to young children. This technique ups the game a bit, and the stamps could be made from woodcuts, custom clay designs, foam cuts, and more. Your student’s creativity is infinite. Suitable for middle to high school.

My favorite resource links for art educators:

For incorporating art therapy into curriculum-

Kennedy Center Arts Edge:

Other great guides: