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The Incredible Art Department

Found in: arts; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Incredible Art Department Freebie (IAD) has been providing PreK-12+ teachers with resources since the beginning of the Web. The site is being upgraded to align it with current approaches I art instruction.

IAD is a huge website. Here are some highlights:

  • Lessons can be browsed by grade, medium, subject, art period, artist, and cross-curricular integration. All lessons are available in printer-friendly form. Some lessons list standards. All have useful classroom tips. In a K-2 lesson, Trash Collage, students consider silly things in Shel Silverstein’s poem "Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout Would not take the Garbage Out" and create illustrations using found materials. The lesson links to required materials, including a print version of the poem and a video version with Silverstein singing the poem.
  • A separate group of seven lessons integrate art and drama as they explore the Italian Renaissance, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Indiana artists,
  • Substitute Lessons give substitute teachers, even those without art backgrounds, plans that will engage elementary and middle school students. With Bad Hair Day, students in grades K-8 draw male of female heads and create hair atop the head or mustaches and beards using a minimum of five different values and line patterns. Here are two student examples of Bad Hair Day.
  • Activities has free time activities and ice breakers for K-12. In Altered Books high school students fill pages in surplus paperbacks with color, shade, and crosshatch leaving teacher-circled and significant words readable. See Tom Phillips’ A Humument for examples.
  • Files For Teachers includes rubrics, grade forms, charts, lesson templates, lesson ideas, bell ringers, art criticism, interdisciplinary connections, discipline tips, and a lot more.
  • Submit A Lesson is an opportunity for teachers to share lessons.
  • Gallery can be browsed by initial letter or searched my artist or title.
  • Resources links to offsite sources like podcasts, art games, free images, blogs, e-zines, and more.
  • Art Teacher Tool Kit is intended for the new art teacher. It has information on art and special education students, art assessments, art curriculum, school law, and more.


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