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Instructional Resources - The Arts

Teaching the Colorado Academic Standards in the arts disciplines is supported through a wide array of free instructional resources. This webpage lists just a few of these resources and will be updated regularly. If you are an educator in Colorado and have suggestions for a great free resource please email Karol Gates. For additional opportunities please check Professional Development.

State Resources

  • Denver Art Museum Creativity Resource for Teachers - This website provides art images and information about a large variety of art pieces, contains lesson plans and ideas for teachers in art, language arts and creativity, and provides information on booking museum tours and upcoming teacher workshops.
  • Think360 Arts Complete Education - Think 360 Arts is a leading provider of arts education programs and services in Colorado. They serve as a resource for teacher professional development, a liaison between schools and artists, and a clearinghouse of best practices and research in arts integration.

National Resources

  • NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Arts Standards) - This site is devoted to sharing recent resources and updates on the revision of national arts standards.
  • ArtsEdge - (The Kennedy Center): A rich resource of arts education materials including teaching materials and professional resources.
  • ArtsEdNet - The Getty Museum’s Arts Education Web Site, offering a wealth of lesson plans and curriculum guides, publications and links
  • Smithsonian - Now aligns more than 1,200 free educational resources to standards of learning in every state.
  • Incredible @rt Department Teacher Toolkit - The Incredible Art Department is an online resource for anyone who loves the visual arts. There are hundreds of free art lesson plans and over 1,000 pages of material including art news, resources, cartoon lessons, and a section on art careers. Although much of what you will find here is geared to art teachers; students, parents, artists, and homeschoolers will also benefit.
  • Spiral Workshop - Spiral Workshop has a dual mission: to be a studio where teen artists can explore artmaking in a cultural studies context, and to be a laboratory to develop curriculum projects that can be taught in middle school and high school art classrooms.
  • Who’s Dancing Now? - Public Broadcasting Corporation website offers lesson plans and other arts education resources by region.
  • Open Educational Resources - OER Commons is a site for shared educational resources.
  • CARTS (Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students) - A project of City Lore, a cultural organization dedicated to the documentation, presentation, and preservation of America's living cultural heritage. The CARTS website is filled with folklore, history, culture, and arts-in-education resources and educational activities.
  • VSA arts - VSA arts creates opportunities for persons with disabilities through education and employment in the arts. The VSA arts mission is to include all children, youth, and adults with physical, emotional, intellectual and employment and life skills.
  • LDC Toolkit - The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) offers a research based approach to incorporating literacy into all areas of content in grades K-12 by providing a common framework that facilitates teacher creativity and builds literacy skills across content areas. LDC equips teachers with the tools and training needed to implement the college- and/or career-ready expectations embodied in the Common Core State Standards so that all students experience effective teaching and learning in all subject areas throughout their schooling and emerge with the skills necessary to meet the demands of the 21st century global marketplace. The toolkit provides a step-by-step process for helping Colorado teachers utilize LDC to improve the delivery of classroom literacy instruction across content areas.



For website assistance in the Arts, please contact Karol Gates.

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