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every child deserves art

art in action

K-8 art curriculum | Easy to Teach | Parent Engagement | Ready-to-Use Supplies

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studio series

Inspire creativity today in the classroom or at home!

The Art in Action Studio Series engages students to stretch their imagination.

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    • Includes:
      • Byzantine Mosaic
      • African Banda Mask
      • Joan Miró
  • Adapted for student-directed creativity.

  • Subscriptions and Materials available for classroom or Individuals

    • Includes:
      • Faith Ringgold
      • Pablo Picasso
      • John James Audubon
  • Adapted for student-directed creativity.

  • Subscriptions and Materials available for classroom or Individuals

    • Includes:
      • Sonia Delaunay
      • Leonardo da Vinci
      • Flo Oy Wong
  • Adapted for student-directed creativity.

  • Subscriptions and Materials available for classroom or Individuals

what we do

we’ve designed a
complete art program

Art in Action’s curriculum spans from Kindergarten-8th Grade, so whether you’re looking to teach art to a single class or a whole school, we’ve got you covered.

we train your
teachers & volunteers

6th Grade Training 2013
Having a culture of art at your school means everyone can get involved! Most training can be done over the web, even if you’ve never taught art before.

we provide the
art materials

You can purchase pre-cut, counted, and labeled program-specific art supplies needed for a year of art!  We present an easy solution for teachers and parent volunteers.

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a quick introduction

why we do it


“Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who will grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will provide students with a way to understand themselves, and have a sense of belonging.” — Jane Chu, National Endowment for the Arts.

creative confidence

“Art in Action not only provides an exposure to the arts, it helps students develop self esteem, is an outlet for creative expression, and it increases parent participation within the school. Our students are very fortunate to have this program.” — Art in Action Parent Docent


“My class has studied Van Gogh, Ghirlandaio, Miro, and African textiles to name a few… I see my students lose any hesitation with regard to self-expression and make meaningful connections across the curriculum. They are as intrigued by the lives and techniques of the artists as they are with the projects.” — Elementary School Teacher

We currently make an arts education accessible to 86,000 students in 500 schools and organizations, in 3,000 classrooms and after-school programs, and in over 30 states nationwide.


But there are still 4 million students without access to a visual arts program. Join us in our mission to bring art to students everywhere!

the curriculum

Each of Art in Action’s nine program levels has at least twelve sequential, age-appropriate lessons that provide a high-quality visual art curriculum. The multifaceted lessons develop students’ critical-thinking skills, creative confidence, hands-on skills, visual literacy, self-esteem, and an appreciation of other cultures.


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  • Arts education for students at home (distance learning) or school. Simplified art materials and student-facing resources. Each bundle has three fun art lessons from our diverse curriculum, giving students a foundation in art concepts, history, and techniques.
  • Choose from Primary, Intermediate or
    Advanced curriculum lessons
  • Access to 3 different grade-level lessons
  • Select materials available
  • Distance Learning Options

  • Access our dynamic, common-core aligned curriculum for your grade level with a dozen comprehensive lessons that teach art techniques, skills, vocabulary and history.
  • Webinar orientation and grade-specific training
  • Online interactive curriculum with printable teaching notes, images and a robust community forum
  • Year-round support
  • $210
  • One-year Subscription

  • Whether you need an art program for the entire school, multiple classrooms, after-school programs, or summer camp, we can help!
  • Build a community of art in your school that engages parents, teachers, volunteers and students
  • 1-888-566-1982

As a nonprofit organization we raise funds to keep costs low so all kids can have a visual arts program. Thanks to our generous donors, our prices reflect a 42% subsidy for all schools and organizations.

what’s new blog

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Incorporating Visual Art Into Your SEL Curriculum

Posted by | September 9 | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Incorporating Visual Art Into Your SEL Curriculum

This week, we will be touching on why art is an essential part of an SEL curriculum. Integrating art lessons into a general curriculum is a great way for students to thrive in non-academic pursuits, which has been shown to help them succeed when it comes to test scores, behavior, and general problem-solving skills. Even […]

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The 5 Key Components of Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)

Posted by | September 4 | Comments Off on The 5 Key Components of Social/Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is social and emotional learning (SEL)? Social and emotional learning (SEL), according to the CASEL, is the process through which children understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. By incorporating SEL into an elementary or middle school […]

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Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Anne Dauer

Posted by | August 25 | Comments Off on Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Anne Dauer

Anne Dauer served as a member of the development committee and helped raise funds for AiA. Now a former board member, she continues to be a strong supporter of AiA and always makes a reliable appearance at our annual event.  We are so thankful for her constant support and we appreciate everything she has done […]

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