Art Is Fundamental: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School, Eileen S. Prince (Chicago Review Press,2008) – This curriculum can easily be applied to the classroom—all lessons support an interdisciplinary approach and are adaptable for middle school and high school curriculum.
Arts with the Brain in Mind, Eric P. Jensen (Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2001) – Citing current research on the brain and development, the author outlines the critical role that the arts play in learning. This book offers tips for teachers on how to incorporate the arts into the classroom at any grade level.
The Art of Teaching Art to Children: In School and at Home, Nancy Bleal and Gloria Bley Miller (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001) – An accessible guide for classroom teachers, art teachers and parents which provides curriculum ideas that correlate with the developmental stages of children, with an emphasis on the process rather than the product.
The Art Teacher’s Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools, Helen D. Hume (Jossey-Bass, 2008) – Everything a K-8 art teacher needs to know, this book includes over 100 creative art projects that are adaptable and easy to use. The developmental stages of children are taken into consideration and lessons are aligned with the National Visual Arts Standards.
Brown Bag Ideas From Many Cultures, Irene Tejada (Davis, 1993) – This book features 30 easy-to-use multicultural projects which are placed into context through history lessons, giving students a deeper knowledge of other cultures and increasing their cultural awareness.
Elements and Principles of Design, Student Guide with Activities (Crystal Productions, 2004) – A resource for teaching and reinforcing the basic elements and principles of design to K-12 students, this book works well as a stand alone guide or as a supplement to other arts lessons.
How to Teach Art to Children, Grades 1-6, Joy Evans and Tanya Skelton (Evan Moor, 2001) – This book includes step-by-step directions for nearly 100 art projects. Lessons include background information on artists and an emphasis is placed on students applying the elements of design and style to their work.

Program Spotlight

Get Arts in the Schools Program

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2023.

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Event Spotlight

Willits Art Party

at Recreation Grove,
on Sunday, October 1 from 11am to 5pm.