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Ans Westra - Teacher and Student Resources

This site provides units of work and related resources, based around the documentary photography of Ans Westra. The units are designed to be used as an introduction to photography as part of a year's photography course, or as a distinct unit within an NCEA Level 1 or 2 general art programme, or they can be adapted for use as part of a level 3 programme. Use them in conjunction with a visit to the Ans Westra exhibition, the publication 'Handboek: Ans Westra photographs' or DVD 'Visible Evidence'.

Art and Creativity in Early Childhood Education

This site has lesson plans, as well as handouts on art and literacy and how art impacts on overall learning.

Art Auctions Were Just the Beginning!

An amazingly visionary series of visual arts projects and events at Macandrew Intermediate School are described by specialist visual arts teacher Lesley Hirst. Practising artists are integral to the school's visual arts programme, which has transformed the culture and appearance of the school, engaged and enriched the wider Dunedin arts community, and is enthusiastically supported by local organisations and individuals.

Art for Children and Adults with Disabilities

KinderArt® features many activities and lesson plans which have proven successful with children and adults with disabilities.

Art History Database

The art history index of famous artists leads to imagery and in-depth information such as biographies of over 22,000 artists, with links to over 200,000 images from museums.

Art in the Picture

This website provides an introduction to art history and includes information on artists, painting and styles and movement.

The Art Story

The Art Story site is a guide to modern art and explores modern art movements, artists, theory and the progression of art.

The Art Studio Chalkboard

A resource from the University of Evansville Indianna for artists and art students that focuses on the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, colour, and painting.

Art Zone

NGA Kids from the National Gallery of Art (USA) provides several tools that allow kids to create art interactively. The site includes: a Collage Machine; Pixel Face, an interactive portrait maker and drawing board; Cubits, a geometric sculpture maker; 3-d Twirler, for designing and texturising three-dimensional shapes; Diamonds; and RiverRun where 'young children orchestrate a flowing array of colourful shapes and patterns'.

Artes Mundi

This Welsh site provides access to an extensive education package and online gallery that can be downloaded (if you have enough memory). The package provides lesson plans and ideas for engaging students at all levels in critical dialogue. Foci include global warming and climate change.

Artists of Brucke: Themes in German Expressionist Prints

This Museum of Modern Art exhibition fosters interactive study of the Expressionist movement illustrating over 120 works in more than 50 comparative groupings.

ArtLex: Dictionary of Visual Art

Great reference material in art, art history, art criticism, aesthetics, and art education. Definitions of thousands of terms, illustrations, quotations, and links to other resources.

Arts Connected

Dedicated to Arts teachers Art Connected is part of the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis Institute of Arts website. Available are a range of visual arts lessons for all levels including some interactive activities mostly based around elements, composition and galleries. Activities are linked to samples of artists' works.You can also link back to the Walker Art Centre to view art works and related material.

Arts Curriculum Teaching and Learning Guides for Senior Secondary

These New Zealand Curriculum guides provide comprehensive elaborations of the arts learning area including the disciplines of dance, drama, music – sound arts, visual arts, and art history. Pedagogies, indicators, context elaborations, and learning progammes support underpinning key concepts. All materials strongly support arts teaching and learning in each discipline at curriculum levels 6 - 8 (NCEA).

Asia Knowledge - Chinese Lantern Festival (Levels 3-4)

This New Zealand curriculum resource from the Asia Knowledge website encourages students to explore how the Chinese lantern festival is celebrated and to discover why this festival is significant to people of Chinese descent. An inquiry approach is used. Links to online resources and information. The unit is suitable for middle and upper primary levels.

Assessing in the Arts

This site gives some background and ideas used for assessing students' arts knowledge and skills, as used in the US.

Auckland Museum Teacher Resources

Access an array of education kits designed to support teachers with information, activities and ideas for visiting the museum. Resources also include pre-visit and post-visit activities. Though based on the Auckland Museum, many of the kits contain material that would be useful to teachers elsewhere in the country. Of particular note are the kits on Maori Arts, including kowhaiwhai and tukutuku patterns, whakairo and more.

Baseline Data Template (Word 60KB)

A template for teachers to use in their courses for NCEA data collection.

BBC Arts and Culture

This BBC site has many resources of interest across the curriculum. Includes audio clips of famous people. Teachers of English will find useful resources contained in the following sections: Arts, Music and Entertainment, Learning English, English Language, Arts and Society.

Chinese Culture: A Visual Source Book

This site contains an array of information, student activities, discussion questions and teacher guide notes. It aims to support teachers and students to gain an understanding of Chinese culture. Specialist topics include calligraphy, painting and graphic design.

City Gallery Education Resources

Wellington City Gallery’s Education programmes and resources support the New Zealand Curriculum with a focus on Visual Arts and Māori Arts and make links to Art History, English, Social Studies, Science and Technology where appropriate.

Colin McCahon French Bay House: Teacher Resources

This site provides teacher support materials for years 7 - 10 and NCEA Visual Arts and Art History standards. It links to other key sites for art education.

Contemporary New Zealand Artists

This New Zealand Film Archive education resource comprises three disks with downloadable (PDF) teaching materials. The overall resource is a chronological examination of the contemporary artists who have influenced the development of New Zealand Art.

Creativity and Culture: Art Projects for Primary Schools

This is a portal site with links to information about art education in the UK, teaching art in primary schools and about contemporary ideas about teaching creativity and culture. It has been compiled by Nigel Meager, the author of 'Creativity and Culture - Art Projects for Primary Schools' for the National Society for Education in Art and Design - NSEAD.

Dance Using Still Art Sources (PDF 1.8MB)

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This resource of looking at dance via still art could suggest a way to link aspects of visual arts to dance. The 3 1/2 page resource shows 3 examples of still art (sculpture and stained glass painting) from the New York Metropolitan Museum that depict dancers and/or dancing. There is some background information about each art work and some starter questions to ask children. Suitable for primary-intermediate teachers.

Design Is History

This website summarises the history of design from 1450 until now. It also includes information on a range of movements and individual designers, along with explanations of many contemporary design styles, and a bibliography that includes links to other useful websites.

Drawing Plants - Botanical Art

The approach is quite traditional. The works are sometimes very beautiful, botanically accurate, formal and the images are somewhat “flattened”.

Earth Paints - Teachers' Notes

This page provides teachers' notes for an article by Jill MacGregor about Aboriginal art from School Journal Part 1, Number 5, 2004. Includes an overview, features to consider, readability, supports and challenges, responding to the text, suggested activities, and cross-curricular links.

Enchanted Learning

The seasonal craft projects on this site are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc.

The Evolution of Painting Techniques During the Renaissance

This site about Renaissance painting techniques includes a forum discussion, lesson ideas, and links to many useful resources.

Exploring Te Ao Kori

Te Ao Kori (the world of movement) is a Māori celebration of life through movement and its many expressions. This resource describes learning experiences derived from customary Māori cultural practices, and integrates the arts with health and physical education.

Face It!

This interactive website explores four portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Students can read about the paintings, explore their visual elements, create digital portraits, write and print out gallery labels and stories and print out line drawings of each portrait.

Figure Drawing Lab

A useful and comprehensive guide to drawing the human figure from the University of Evansville Indianna.

From Cave Art to Your Art

The site enables years 7-10 students to make their own videos,adding their own text and sound to produce a snippet of art history for presentation to others. A great way to hook students into learning using technology.

Garden Party Art Lesson Plans

This Australian site shows how K-6 students can create individual projects by viewing Van Gogh, Matisse, and Eric Carle examples. Each grade completes a garden painting using various techniques and medium while learning about artists, insects, and flowers. Projects are mixed media incorporating different art techniques. All projects can be integrated with science, reading, writing, and computer skills.


GraphicsDEN will teach you how to use a computer graphics program to create unique digital art. Each lesson takes you from start to finish of a digital project. You can follow our step-by-step instructions to complete a similar project. Or, you can create your own project.

HotChalk's Lesson Plans

HotChalk's LessonPlansPage.com is a collection of over 3,000 lesson plans for primary and secondary levels developed at The University of Missouri, and more recently by the users of the site.

How to Teach Art to Special Needs Students

This page provides a series of steps designed to help all students, including those with special needs, to have productive art-making experiences.

Incredible Art Lessons

This American art education website provides art lessons, news, links, art departments and cartoons. Sections of the site are aimed at Early Childhood, middle and senior school age students.

Indian Rangoli and Chinese Calligraphic Scrolls

Visit the Asia New Zealand Foundation for visual arts units on Rangoli Patterns and on Calligraphic Scrolls. These units have examples of student work made in response to the recorded units

Interactive art lessons and activities - Illinois State Museum

This site has a variety of lessons including interactive lessons experimenting with composition and colour, and activities using a variety of media, and approaches to engage students in the discovery and analysis of artworks. Innovative ideas such as the use of text messaging could be adapted to a variety of different contexts.

Japanese Arts festival Quest

In this primary visual arts and social studies webquest, students are set the task to learn about one traditional Japanese art form in order to teach and motivate younger students at a school festival day. There are four art forms to choose from: Origami, Shodo, Ikebana and Haiku. Students can research aspects such as the history and description of the artform, and the materials required. For the origami artform animated examples are provided and there are samples to make step by step as well as museum displays to view. Links are also provided to other websites although some in the teacher notes are outdated.

Junior Art Student Evaluation (Word 21KB)

An evaluation form for students studying visual arts in junior secondary classes.

KinderArt: Art lessons

The site offers arts lessons for all ages and especially for Early Childhood children. It covers art and craft ideas, as well as other teaching and learning resources across the curriculum.

Kite Making

Te Ao Kori Games and activities with a Visual Arts focus. A learning sequence related achievement objectives and learning outcomes to the context of Maori kite making.

Learn Out Loud

Although this is a commercial site for audio and video educational content, if you take the Free Stuff link you can access considerable free content listed in categories such as Education and Professional, Literature, and Art and Entertainment.

A Lifetime of Colour

This site has a range of lesson plans, thoroughly written with material that could be adapted for the NZ context. The "achievement" (assessment) criteria clearly describe the learning intentions, and could be modified easily to meet the achievement objectives of The New Zealand Curriculum. Activities are supported with visual exemplars. An example is this lesson on 2 point perspective http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com/main.taf?p=1,33 The site also has information on artists, a glossary and timeline for development of Western art (15,000BC to 1950AD).

Literacy Through Photography

Literacy Through Photography [LTP], the educational component of FotoFest International [based in Houston,Texas}, is a writing programme designed to help classroom students achieve better communication skills through the use of digital or film-based photography.

Literacyhead: Literacy Through the Visual Arts

Literacyhead, Vol 1, Issue 12, focuses on resources for creative, engaging, standards based lessons using the visual arts to teach literacy.

Marking Schedule Curriculum Level 4: Visual Arts (Word 49KB)

This NCEA style marking schedule has been designed for junior secondary students working at level 4 of the curriculum.

Marking Schedule Curriculum Level 5: Visual Arts (Word 43.5KB)

This NCEA style marking schedule has been developed for junior secondary visual arts students working at level 5 of the curriculum.

Masters of Photography

This site includes samples of work by photography's leading masters. Brief summaries of their work enables searching by subject or genre. There are also good links to relevant sites, articles, and resources. A FAQ section provides helpful information on copyright and how images from the site might be used.

The Matiti Banners

A spectacular series of mixed-media banners produced as a result of teachers learning in, through, and about the visual arts in the contexts of science and Māori visual culture.

Maui: A Pacific Super Hero

An integrated Primary School Arts resource based on super heroes aimed at level 3 of the curriculum. (level 3)

Museum of Web Art

A site dedicated to the art, technology and culture of the world wide web.

New Zealand Student Gallery

This Ministry of Education site showcases work of New Zealand students in the arts, giving teachers an online exhibition space for their students and find inspiration from other students' creations.

NZ History of Photography Timeline

This timeline from 1841 - 2010 gives details of the development of photography in New Zealand, while also making reference to international events within photography.

Optical Illusions and Visual Phenomena

Interest your students in optical and visual illusions by pointing them in the direction of this interactive website. Read explanations of how each phenomenum works, and from where it originates.

Painting Flowers

Seach by title, artist, flower type, theme, or location to find paintings from collections in Britain which feature flowers. Zoom in and explore artists and their work.

Painting Lesson Plans

This site has thousands of multi-context and multi-cultural lessons for young children and their teachers on learning to paint. A rating scale indicates lessons approved by teachers.

Peer Evaluation (Word 40.5KB)

This template allows students to evaluate themselves and their peers on participation and progress. A visual arts unit evaluation is included and can be adapted for any subject.

Photography for Teachers by Teachers

This site has technical information, lesson ideas, units and a collection of photography quotations that aim to promote the art of photography.

Photoshop Tutorials

This website has a extensive collection of free Photoshop tutorials and articles all related to digital graphics. The tutorials are well set out and easy to follow. Categories include: Photo effects, text effects, effects and textures.

Pigments Through the Ages

This site covers exhibits relating to the art of painting and includes information about the most important pigments used through time.

PPTA Learning Areas - Curriculum Resources

(2009) Includes Visual Arts; Drama; Music; Dance. These resources should be viewed as ‘work-in- progress’, not as finished units to download and use. They demonstrate a range of ways of thinking about how you might build the ‘front end’ of the NZ Curriculum (the Vision, Principles, Values, Key Competencies, Effective Pedagogies, and Learning Area Statements) into your existing units of work, by re-focusing how you teach rather than changing what you teach.

Preparing a Management Document for Visual Arts (Word 57.5KB)

Schemes and management document guidelines for secondary visual arts are presented in this resource.

Primary School Creative Arts

This Australian website links to a range of other websites directly related to Visual Arts teaching and learning in primary schools.

Primary School Creative Arts Resources

This website, put up by Pearson Education, is full of classroom resources for teaching Primary Creative Arts (Music, Media, Art, Dance, and Drama). It is a collaboration with the textbook MMAD About the Arts: An Introduction to Primary Arts Education, but it is free to anyone to use and to download the resources.

Principles of Good Assessment Practice (Word 130KB)

These overhead transparencies provide generic information and guidelines for the arts in effective assessment practices for assessing NCEA standards.

Queensland Government: The Arts

In Queensland, Australia, Arts education involves students in five arts disciplines: Dance, Drama, Media, Music, and Visual Arts. This site contains information on Arts Curriculum Support, Policies and Procedures, Arts Programmes, and Arts Resources.

Re-assessment (Word 25KB)

This generic document provides succinct, clear guidelines on the issue of re-assessment for NCEA.

Recycling and Paper Arts and Crafts for Kids

This site contains links to a range of art and craft based activities that involve recycling, primarily of paper. Suitable for primary school age students.

Red Studio

Red Studio, developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art, today's working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a museum. It features interviews by teens of artists and allows students to contribute on-line. “Behind the Scenes’ features some very useful interviews with curators on what Modernism and Post-Modernism are, with reference to well known works including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles.

The Renaissance Connection

These downloadable and printable lessons for Art History and Visual Arts provide background information and detailed planning for senior art teaching and learning about the Renaissance period.

Satyagraha: Mahatma Ghandi's Life in Dance

In this unit for the performing and visual arts, students research the life and work of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. They create a four-scene dance drama that depicts aspects of Indian culture and selected incidents in Gandhi's life. They also research Indian art and architecture in preparation for designing and creating props, backdrops, masks, and costumes. At the end of the unit the students present their work in front of an audience. Includes a case study. Intended for level 4, for years 7–10 of the New Zealand curriculum.

Saying What You See

Saying What You See is a New Zealand visual arts resource written by Alison Annals, Abby Cunnane and Sam Cunnane. It looks at ways in which anyone keen to know what artists are saying through their works can approach the subject through generating and developing responses and ideas.

Senior Student Self Assessment Sheet (Word 21.5KB)

This template allows students to monitor their own assessment progress.

Siapo - Printmaking

Mele Togiaso of Aranui Primary School in Christchurch has written a teaching and learning sequence/unit of work (targeting years 5 & 6) drawing from visual arts about Siapo – Printmaking. Mele models an explicit focus on language and literacy through the visual arts curriculum. Students are supported to consider visual symbols in artworks and what they represent. Students then consider how the groups and organisations they belong to could be symbolically represented. The students then create their own personal artwork (Siapo). All of the teaching steps and resource templates are included. This teaching and learning sequence mirrors that modelled for teachers on the DVD ‘Making Language and Learning Work 3’, available from Down the Back of the Chair – Item number 113358.

Smart History

This multi media website, comprising analyses of art works, videos, podcasts etc over the gamut of Western Art, is an excellent resource for both teachers and students.

The Standards Site - Schemes of Work

This web link provides access to downloadable units of work to support the National Curriculum in England. Subjects include art and design.

Study Art

Definitions with explanations and visuals of visual arts elements, principles, concepts, media, style, artists.

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets

This site is organized by the textile Museum of Baltimore. It includes clear descriptions of the mathematical aspects of patterns, based on oriental rug patterns. Includes grid, border pattern, all over (field) pattern, symmetry and asymmetry. Teacher information is prepared by the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Te Manu Aute

Te Manu Aute is a centre for gifted and talented students in the arts. Teachers and students can register for classes and materials that are multi-cultural and based on the Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika experience.

Teachers and Clay

Visit this website for ideas for working with clay in classrooms or as club craft activities. Find practical suggestions about routines, techniques, and a series of lesson plans for making pinch pots, tiles, and fish and animal sculptures.

Toolkit from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

Use this interactive toolkit from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts with your students, to work on line, colour, shape, symmetry, depth, and visual rhythm. Each topic has three sections: Watch an animated demonstration, find examples of the concept in works of art from museums, and create your own composition.

Visual Arts Achievement and Unit Standards (Word 35.5KB)

This downloadable document provides a compilation of all available visual arts achievement and unit standards for NCEA.

Visual Arts Learning Progression and Assessment Methods (Word 283KB)

This resource kit accompanies the paper "Developing A Progression of Student Learning for the Visual Arts".

Visual Arts Management Document (Word 31.5KB)

This template created by Jeff Lockhart, helps Heads of Department organise programmes, resources, and data.

Visual Arts NCEA - Reusing Work (Word 29.5KB)

This discussion document by Jeff Lockhart helps teachers of NCEA visual arts discover ways of reusing work from one Achievement Standard to another.

Weaving the Arts Together (Word 41KB)

This downloadable resource written by Celia Stewart helps primary teachers to use the Arts Exemplars as a basis for developing an integrated unit in all four arts disciplines for quality learning.

Whitney Gallery Timeline and Lessons

Here is a timeline from 1900-present with historical, social, and cultural information related to the Learning@Whitney gallery images and a variety of learning resources including lessons, art making activities, guidelines for looking at works of art and discussing them in the classroom.

Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?

Do you want to learn more about Leonardo DA Vinci? This website, built from student collaboration, is full of interesting detail and is interactive. Art History students may also find it interesting.