Get your weekends back by using these fun yet rigorous resources. Discover new methods for teaching art history and art appreciation that don’t involve standing in front of a sleepy, darkened classroom. Your students will be bright and excited, and you will feel energized by teaching this amazing subject!
Enrollment for The Resource Library for Art Teachers will close on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Let's say you want to do a lesson on the art of Ancient Egypt. Where do you go?
You can google. You can YouTube, Facebook, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Pinterest. Yesss PINTEREST.
Soon, you're sucked into a black hole of ideas and suddenly you're lost in a sea of overwhelming and disorganized choices. You find 100 different teaching ideas—most of them don't really fit your subject or grade level, half of them are word searches or coloring pages, many just don't make sense at all, and some are straight up cookie-cutter crafts with little educational value.
You keep looking and do manage to come up with some good ideas for learning activities or projects. You create a cool interactive activity based on an artwork from the Met. To supplement, you find a couple gems on one blog post and another idea from some random Facebook group post and six possibilities from Pinterest.
You pour through some museum articles about different Egyptian artworks and watch half of a documentary on YouTube but can't decide what key points you should even be teaching about Ancient Egypt. It's a 3,000-year span of time after all. How can you possibly cover it all?
So you start compiling images into a PowerPoint, resizing them, reordering them, trying to make sense of 3,000 years of art history into a couple days of lessons for your students…
…until you get totally overwhelmed.
What do you do?
You want your students to have an amazing learning experience. You want to be the amazing teacher you already are, but you also want a life, and you want boundaries.
Maybe this time you push through and finish the lesson the way you know it needs to be taught. But what do you do next time and the time after that and the time after that?
What if there was one place for highly-selective, tried-and-true, well-catalogued, and streamlined art history teaching resources?
The key points, objectives, and important art conventions are decided.
The discussion questions are thoughtful and composed.
The images are curated, formatted, and labeled.
The learning activities are rigorous, varied, and fun.
The assessments are written.
The students are engaged and learning.
You are having fun teaching them, and all the while you weren't stuck to your computer all weekend putting it all together.
That's exactly what you'll get with your subscription to The Resource Library for Art Teachers.
So, what exactly do I get in The Resource Library for Art Teachers?
Monthly (or more!) professional development webinars (like this one) so that you can feel confident in teaching from works of art and in your art history knowledge.
200+ of ready-to-use, creative teaching materials for teaching art appreciation and art history—PowerPoints, lessons plans, worksheets, quizzes/tests, and more so you can prep lessons in a fraction of the time.
A specially-curated Artwork of the Week Bundle delivered monthly with everything you need to incorporate a new artwork in your classroom every week.
A private Facebook community of dedicated art educators so you can collaborate, ask questions, and get support.
All of the Your Weekly Art Break emails archived in one place for weekly art teacher inspiration.
Plus, access to new special programs as create them!
"I absolutely love this resource. It ties into campus literacy initiatives while remaining authentically meaningful."
"Interestingly, my lower performing classes really get engaged in these [lessons] and come away with some profound thoughts!"
What your art students will learn with these art teaching resources:
The lessons includes lots of inventive learning activities for students from elementary school through college that include:
"Super! It would have taken me forever to find such perfectly matched pairs of art from the Renaissance and Baroque. I also appreciate it includes sculpture, painting, and architecture. Thank you!"
(from Teachers Pay Teachers)
World History Forum
"The materials are high quality, and students LOVED this lesson [Classical Sculpture lesson] -- I was amazed at what they were able to do together. I highly recommend you find an excuse to purchase this and use it with your students -- I can't wait to use it again next year! Thank you for your thoughtfulness in putting this together -- I didn't need to edit anything!" (from Teachers Pay Teachers)
Trivium Charter School Teacher
Hi, I’m Cindy Ingram, the innovator behind Art Class Curator (formerly The Art Curator for Kids). I’m passionate about the power that art can have in our lives! My goal is to share creative teaching practices that ignite curiosity and connections for teachers and their students. My philosophy, in a nutshell, is that we can learn to experience art in varied and exciting ways that can transform our understanding of the world around us. When students interact meaningfully with individual works of art, the art becomes a part of them and shapes who they become.
My experience as art educator, content creator, speaker, and entrepreneur with more than fifteen years of experience in schools, museums, and non-profit organizations, has provided insight into practices for art education breakthroughs. I’ve taught art and art history at all levels – for elementary through college-age students as well as adult art teachers.
I earned a BA in Art History from the University of Texas (hook’em horns!) and an MA in Art Education, with a specialty in Art Museum Education, from the University of North Texas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Be confident with your decision by checking out what others have asked before saying "YES!" to more creative art history learning with less painful lesson planning.
Who is this program for?
The Resource Library for Art Teachers is for middle school, high school, and college art teachers who want to include engaging art history and art appreciation lessons into their curriculum.
Some elementary teachers may find the library useful and some will not. Elementary art teachers will find the monthly online professional development sessions especially beneficial, and they may be able to taylor the resources to to fit their limited time. If you have questions about whether or not this resource will work for you please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with me.
In addition to the resources, I hold monthly live workshops with relevant and actionable topics which you can attend live or access the recording after the session. Past topics include: What is art history?, How to Talk about Art with Kids, What is art?, and Inventive Activities to Interpret Art.
A new online Facebook community for members rounds out the resources to give teachers a chance to collaborate and discuss issues and content.
How do I access the materials?
When you purchase your membership, you will create an account on members.artclasscurator.com and click "Resource Library Access" to access your materials. You may also click "Members" from any page on my website.
The materials are strategically organized by topic, and you can download the materials in .zip files or individually.
How often is new content added?
Online workshops occur at least once per month (usually twice per month), and new content is added regularly. In addition to the monthly webinars and Artwork of the Week bundle, 2-3 new resources are added to the Resource Library each month. Your membership covers all current products and future products released as long as your membership remains active.
In addition to new content being added, resources are updated and honed as I come up with new ideas and tweaks. For example, the Impressionism lesson just got new quizzes and an art project to go along with the original lesson.
The Resource Library is a living and growing space.
Can I edit and adapt the lessons for my classroom?
Yes! All of the PowerPoints, quizzes, worksheets, etc. are provided in editable formats. You will need to be able to open Microsoft Office documents as most of the downloads are in Word and PowerPoint formats. I've also used fonts that are available on both Mac and PC, so everything will be formatted correctly and ready to use. Just in case, worksheets, quizzes, and other documents are also provided in PDF format to make for quick and easy printing.
What is your refund policy?
If you are not satisfied with your membership, I am happy to refund the full amount of your purchase within the first 30 days of your purchase no questions asked. Please contact me using the form at this link or reply to any of my e-mails. No refunds are provided after the first 30 days, and we do not provide pro-rata refunds for canceled accounts.
Is my information safe?
By joining, your e-mail address will be added to the e-mail list for subscribers to receive regular updates about the resources in The Resource Library. You can ubsubscribe from this at any time.
You credit card and personal information are processed through the secure and trustworthy third-party payment processers Stripe and PayPal. I do not have access to your credit card information nor will your credit card or any other personal information be shared with anyone.
How can my school or district pay for my membership?
I am happy to work with your district or school to process yearly memberships. When you register, there is an option to choose district payment as your payment method. Choose this option and then send any information about your needs to email@example.com. I can provide whatever you need—invoices, vendor applications, i9, etc.
Because school districts run on their own time schedule, I am happy to process purchase orders at any time. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started.
If your district is interested in buying multiple memberships for many teachers, special rates may apply. Contact me at email@example.com to customize your district's experience with the Resource Library. I am appy to answer questions in a 1-on-1 meeting with you. Click here to schedule a meeting with me to discuss.
Can I share your materials with others?
The resources in the Resource Library are for individual teacher or personal use ony. You may download and save the files to your computer, print copies for use in your home or classroom, alter the files for your own personal use, and share the link to Artclasscurator.com. You may not claim the files as your own, sell or profit in any way from the files, store or distribute the files on any other website where others are able to electronically retrieve them (for example: Dropbox, Facebook groups, Google Drive, etc.), or e-mail the files to anyone or transmit them in any other fashion.