The Art in Action Program provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual arts 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 open-ended discussion questions designed to help students carefully observe various works of art, analyze them, support their ideas with evidence, and listen 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 with charitable giving which helps maintain realistic costs for schools. The program is based on an annual subscription fee which provides schools with the full program, including online lesson plans and year-round support. Lesson-specific art materials that make teaching the program easier are also available for purchase.