What are the benefits of the Art in Action Program?

  • Exposing students to the world of art.
  • Stimulating student’s creative thinking and confidence.
  • Integrating visual arts into other courses such as language arts, math, science, and social studies.
  • Appealing to many different learning styles.
  • Empowering teachers and parents to teach art with confidence.
  • Providing lesson specific art materials and ongoing support.
  • Maintaining an affordable and comprehensive visual arts education for grades K-8.
  • Sequential standards-based curriculum.
  • Teacher and parent docent training.

What makes the Art in Action Program outstanding and unique?

  • Comprehensive: Includes curriculum, lesson-specific art materials for classes, teacher/parent volunteer training, and ongoing support via your school’s Art in Action coordinator.
  • Innovative:  Through the AIA Teach website teachers can access online tutorials that provide in-depth reviews of the lessons. Each tutorial includes videos, downloads, and other resources; such as step-by-step teaching aids or discussion questions.
  • Integrated technology:  Lessons are built with technology integration in mind. Facilitators can teach lessons with traditional ‘pen and paper’ workshops or easily present with classroom projectors, smartboards or tablets.
  • 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: AIA’s curriculum is designed to integrate with other fields of study. Teach art alongside language arts, mathematics, science or social studies!
  • 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 500,000 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 driven: The curriculum aligns 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 may be purchased individually.

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?

Three art material options are available for purchase: ARTboxes, Masterpiece Reproductions, and Paper Plus Boxes. ARTboxes contain program-specific paper, paints, and other art supplies needed to teach lessons. Masterpiece Reproductions are 18”x24” colored, mountable printouts of the works of art in each program level. Paper Plus Boxes contain program-specific paper supplies and other consumables, such as templates and visual aids.

For more information about purchasing materials, please click here.

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

The program easily adapts 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?

Art in Action trains classroom teachers, art teachers and/or parent volunteers to teach the program. Training takes place in the fall at our Menlo Park headquarters or via online resources available once a school has subscribed to 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?

During Art in Action training workshops, you will …

  • Learn how to ask interpretive questions, how to help students understand each work of art, and how to transition from discussion to demonstration of the project.
  • Learn various sketching, drawing and clay techniques.
  • Learn about different art mediums and how to create mini-versions of several projects.
  • Learn tips on encouraging students to express their observations during discussions.
  • Learn about techniques to set up, clean up, and store materials.
  • Learn methods to successfully integrate lessons into the general curriculum.

What does the subscription cover?

The annual subscription provides the school with the right to use the Art in Action program during the school year for the grade levels and classrooms specified at purchase or renewal. Furthermore, schools receive access to online resources, group training, workshops, ongoing school support, and the opportunity to purchase custom training or lesson-specific art supplies.

Want to sample our curriculum? Get a FREE lesson here or contact sales at 650-566-8339 or 1-888-566-1982.

Can your program be taught after school?

Schools and other organizations effectively utilize the lessons in K-8 after school and summer programs. Contact sales at 650-566-8339 or 1-888-566-1982 for more information.

How much does the program cost?

The cost depends on the number of classrooms teaching the program and the optional purchase of art materials. View our Products to find out more.

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 Art in Action Scholarship.  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.