What are the benefits of the Art in Action Program?

  • Opens students’ eyes to the world of art
  • Stimulates students’ creative thinking and confidence
  • Integrates visual art with language arts, math, science, and social studies
  • Appeals to many different learning styles
  • Empowers teachers and parents to teach art with confidence
  • Assists schools in building a culture of Art
  • Standards-based sequential curriculum
  • Teacher/parent docent training
  • Lesson-specific art materials available, ongoing support
  • Provides an affordable and comprehensive visual art education for grades K-8

What makes the Art in Action Program outstanding and unique?

  • Comprehensive: Includes curriculum, lesson-specific art materials for a class, teacher/parent volunteer training, and ongoing support via your school’s Art in Action coordinator
  • Innovative: Online tutorials offer in-depth review of the lessons including videos, downloads and other step-by-step teaching aids
  • Technology aligned: Many parts of each online lesson can be projected in the classroom on interactive whiteboards or
  • Culturally diverse: The lessons across grades K-8 represent cultural diversity and a history span of 17,000 years, from cave paintings to contemporary art and include a survey of art from cultures around the world including African, Greek, Roman, Chinese, Indian and Japanese among others
  • Easy to teach: Each lesson gives straight-forward, easy-to-follow directions for guiding successful discussions and projects. No prior art background is needed
  • Integrates easily with other curriculum: Language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and music
  • Run by school: We train your teachers and parent volunteers, and we support you to successfully implement and maintain the program
  • Proven: Established in 1982, Art in Action has impacted more than 400,000 students at hundreds of schools around the country. Many schools have had Art in Action for 5 or more years and the program consistently receives a 99% satisfaction rating.
  • Standards aligned: Aligned with California State and National Academic Standards for Visual Arts Content
  • Affordable: Most schools receive a full year of art curricula and materials for under $10/student

Is your curriculum standards-based?

The curriculum is aligned with National Standards for Visual Arts, most state Visual Arts Standards and strongly supports key elements of the Common Core.

Can I purchase individual programs?

Yes. Programs K through 8 are available separately.

What’s included in the program?

The base program includes a complete visual arts curriculum with 12 lessons for each grade from K through 8. The classroom subscription provides access to the online lesson tutorials for all teachers and volunteers who will be in the classroom. Webinar training and ongoing support is also included. Mounted prints of the featured artwork, lesson-specific art materials for up to 30 students per class and custom training at your school are also available.

What art materials are available for purchase?

Each ARTbox contains all the program-specific paper, paints, and supplies such as brushes, drawing pencils, charcoal, oil and chalk pastels, sponges, palettes, and water containers needed to teach 12 lessons. Materials maybe be purchased for either 24 or 30 students.

How flexible is the program? Do we have to teach all the lessons?

The program is easily adapted to the school’s specific situation. You can teach as many of the 12 lessons in a program level as you wish. The lessons are designed, however, to be sequential which each lesson, and each grade level, building upon knowledge and competency from prior lessons and grade levels.

How long is each lesson?

Lessons take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. Some schools teach a lesson in 60 minutes and others split a lesson into two 45-minute sessions. We also offer ideas for integrating the lessons into other subject areas.

Who teaches the program?

Classroom teachers, art teachers, and/or parent volunteers typically teach the program.

How does a school recruit and train volunteers for the program?

A school’s Art in Action Coordinator is the liaison between the school and Art in Action and is typically a parent or teacher with a strong interest in the program. The Coordinator organizes the program at his or her school and often recruites a team of docent volunteers at school functions and in the school’s newsletter. The volunteers can attend in-person or webinar group trainings to learn how to effectively teach the Art in Action program.

What can we learn from the training sessions?

  • Asking interpretive questions, helping students understand each work of art, and transitioning from discussion to demonstration of the project
  • Sketching, drawing, and clay techniques; how to use various mediums while creating mini versions of several projects
  • Tips on encouraging students to express their observations during discussion and extend their art skills during the project
  • Setting up, cleaning up, and storing materials
  • Integrating the lessons into the general curriculum

What does the subscription cover?

The annual subscription gives the school the right to use the Art in Action program during the school year for the grade levels and classrooms specified by the school at the beginning of the school year; access to the Online Lessons, group training, workshops, and ongoing school support; the opportunity to purchase custom training, lesson-specific art supplies.

Do you have an after school program?

Schools and other organizations effectively utilize the lessons in K-8 after school and summer programs.

How much does the program cost?

The cost depends on the number of classrooms teaching the program and the optional purchase of art materials. Our Pricing Page has pricing for typical models.

How do schools pay for Art in Action?

Programs are often funded through the school district, a school’s curriculum budget or through the school’s PTA/PTO.

Do you have grants for schools?

Occasionally we receive a grant for a specific purpose, and we then seek schools that qualify. You can also apply to be a recipient of the Judy Sleeth Scholarship Fund (contact us for more details).  Many schools also write grants to help fund the program.

Who do I contact for more information?

Call us at 650-566-8339 or 1-888-566-1982, or email us.