March 24, 2019
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March is Youth Art Month
Youth Art Month (YAM) is celebrated each March and emphasizes the value of art education for all children as well as encourages support for quality school art programs. Get creative with these art-inspired resources and join thousands of schools participating in YAM this March!
TeachersFirst's Art Resources
Make connections in your class with this collection for Art in our Schools Month, including a variety of subject areas: math, science, social studies, etc. Take virtual field trips to museums, find tools to create art, and learn about famous artists.
CurriConnects Book List: The Artist's Eye
Feast your eyes on Caldecott winners and other books with unusual or beautiful layouts or illustrations. Connect art to the rest of your curriculum with this eclectic book list including books about art, artists, colors, photography, and more.
Murder at the Met: An American Art Mystery
The scenario is an evening gala in 1899, and you must put clues together to solve the murder at the Met as you examine the artwork as a witness. Tour American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts that reside at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Virtual Field Trips for Art
Virtual field trips are an excellent way to take your students out of the classroom, for free! Jump out of the classroom and discover art work from two museums as well as the White House.
The Walters Art Museum
Take your student on a virtual exploration of the Walters Art Museum, opened in 1934 in Maryland. Learn about the museum, its founders, the long history, and more. Take a deeper dive by looking at various art exhibits available.
One Met. Many Worlds
Be playful, poetic, and creative! Skim this collection of 500 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art that encourages you to engage and compare. Choose two images, provide a short text description for each, then share using the link.
Of the People: Art and History of the White House
Take your students to the White House, regardless of where you live. Virtually join White House Curator, William Allman, for a behind-the-scenes look, in-depth video discussion, and questions/answers about the art and history of the White House.
Create Art in Your Class
Bring the power of art into your classroom with these three tools to get students drawing, painting, and designing! Turn a photo into a piece of artwork and create 3D scenes with writing.
Learn to draw, paint, or design with these step-by-step tutorials. Discover basic techniques of still life drawing and painting lessons. Increase your knowledge of art, practice perspective, proportions, drawing animals and portraits, and more.
In three easy steps, transform any image into the form of your chosen artist. Upload your picture, select the style, then submit. An email will be sent with your finished image.
Infuse writing into your art lessons. Create 3D scenes using descriptive sentences to make images. Check out the intro video that shows how to use this easy program. Challenge students of all ages to create a story to share with the class.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Looking to try out a Twitter chat? Learn how with our Twitter chat tutorial, which covers the basics of what you need to get started. Now is also a great time for middle school science teachers to join MySciLife. The next Jumpstart webinar is Thursday, March 28th. Lastly, we invite you to share what classroom tools you use related to Art with our community.
Getting Started with Twitter Chats
Participating in a Twitter Chat: A Tutorial
Twitter chats can be intimidating, but our list of simple steps aims to help you to give Twitter chats a try. Don't forget to check out TeachersFirst's Twitter chats held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
Attention Middle School Science Teachers
MySciLife Jumpstart Webinar
Learn how MySciLife--our safe, social learning platform where students LIVE and LEARN science--fosters the 4Cs and more. Join us on March 28th at 7 pm ET for a MySciLife Jumpstart webinar. Get an overview of our platform and set up your FREE account.
Share Your Thoughts with Our Community
What kind of tech tools do you use the most for infusing art in your lessons? Do you prefer tools that students use to draw, color, or create other art projects, tools that allow students to take virtual trips, or tools to manipulate images?
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