The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual art curriculum. Students learn about works of art from cultures around the world, how to look at art using art vocabulary and concepts; and how to express themselves by creating their own unique masterpieces. Supported by training classes and online resources, the unique spiral curriculum—introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels—gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques. The multifaceted lessons develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creativity, visual literacy, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures. Online lessons are available on demand to give teachers animated explanations and detailed, easy-to-use directions.
Each of the 9 program levels has 12 sequential, age-appropriate lessons. Every lesson includes an open-ended discussion designed to help students carefully observe and analyze a work of art and analyze it, supporting their ideas with evidence and listening to the ideas of others. The students express themselves visually by applying what they have learned to create their own masterpieces. This flexible program can be taught either by the classroom teacher or by trained parent docents. All lessons are aligned with National Visual Arts Standards and are easily aligned with Common Core and other subjects.
Implementing our high-quality visual arts program is very affordable. Since Art in Action is a nonprofit organization, the program is underwritten by charitable giving which helps to keep our program costs realistic for schools. The program is based upon an annual subscription fee per class which provides you with the full program and all online access and support for the 12 different lessons of your program-level choice. Lesson-specific art materials are also available and make teaching the program easier. See our basic pricing info here.