Art Lessons in the Classroom 2018-02-27T14:07:00+00:00


ArtsEd Washington delivers Common Core State Standards-aligned, visual arts curriculum for teachers and schools through Art Lessons in the Classroom.

Art Lessons in the Classroom supports schools and teachers in providing visual arts instruction to students.

Through a series of visual art lessons for kindergarten through grade six, foundational concepts, skills, and processes are presented within a developmentally aligned learning continuum.  While primarily integrated with literacy, Art Lessons in the Classroom also connects to concepts in math, science, and social studies.

Download the Art Lessons in the Classroom info sheet.

Lessons are aligned with Common Core State Standards in math or language arts, as well as Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements for Students (EALRs). Activities promote problem-solving and critical thinking through an active and engaging approach to teaching, learning, and assessment.  Students develop knowledge and skills, while creatively investigating a broad range of art materials and artistic processes.  They also explore meaningful connections and concepts shared between visual art and reading, writing, communication, and mathematics.

Download these detailed descriptions of how ALIC lessons address multiple Common Core standards

How the Art Lessons Align with Common Core Standards in ELA

How the Art Lessons Align with Common Core Standards in Math

This comprehensive and sequential arts curriculum provides an excellent foundation in visual arts concepts. Key elements include:

  • Fully aligned with state arts learning standards while integrating literacy and math concepts
  • Comprised of 70 lessons – 10 per grade level – with additional lesson expansions in each unit
  • Parent lettersteacher assessments, multilevel handbooks, and an aligned EALR map for each lesson
  • Three customized introductory workshops for teachers to support classroom implementation
  • Online teaching resources that include images from the following Washington state collections: 4CultureCity of RedmondFrye Art MuseumNorthwest Museum of Arts & CultureSeattle Art MuseumTacoma Art Museum, and ArtsWA
  • Exclusive online video demonstrations and photos demonstrating skills and techniques directly from the lessons

Learn more about Art Lessons in the Classroom. Learn about the art lessons in each grade levelview sample lessons, and share our Art Lessons in the Classroom fact sheetHear from teachers who use the Art Lessons in the Classroom curriculum, and learn how it’s impacted their students.

For more information about Art Lessons in the Classroom, or to inquire about ordering the curriculum for your school, please contact

Please note that because we focus our work on creating systemic change in how the arts are taught, Art Lessons in the Classroom curriculum and materials are only available as part of a professional development plan and are not sold on an individual basis.

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The lessons help teach the students that not everyone has to do things the same way… as they get used to doing the art lessons, they become proud of their work and I have seen how this builds their confidence in other learning areas as well.