Whether you teach 2-D or 3-D art, photography, graphic design, animation, software, film, drama, music, or any other art form, you know your classes impact your students profoundly. You are not only teaching them to paint, draw, sculpt, sing, act, or play; you’re helping them develop self-confidence, perseverance, concentration, and cooperation. Participating in the arts lets kids express emotions, develop fine motor skills, and form new neural connections. It helps them understand culture and history. Frankly, it helps them cope with the challenges of middle and high school.
So how do you continue to help your kids grow during this extraordinarily tough time, especially when you’ve been moved out of the classroom and onto the computer? You do what you were born to do – you get creative! This transition to online learning has impelled art teachers worldwide to generate imaginative solutions for their kids. As you come up with ideas for your virtual classrooms, we hope some of these websites will help! Bookmark your favorites and enjoy!
Our Top Online Resources for Middle and High School Teachers of the Arts
Davis Art – Flexible art education resources to meet the needs of every art teacher, including a comprehensive collection of art lessons, studio experiences, and valuable resources for grades K-12.
Artful – Focusing on performing arts, Artful provides teachers and K-12 schools around the world with free access to classes and lesson plan ideas from industry-leading performers, professionals, and instructors.
TeachRock – TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students, using innovative lesson plans developed by experienced educators and top experts in the field.
MusicFirst – MusicFirst features online music learning for students of all age levels. Students can work on theory, notation, sight-reading, and more.
MAD-learn – MAD-learn’s web-based mobile app development tool is a holistic set of modules for students to experience the software development lifecycle firsthand. Students can use MAD-learn on any laptop, desktop, Chromebook, or tablet device.
GCF Global – GCF Global offers learning opportunities in many subjects, but their intro to graphic design offers approachable yet comprehensive tutorials to get started.
We hope you have enjoyed exploring these art, music, and design websites for middle and high school students. Don’t forget to bookmark the ones you love so you can revisit them with your kids. Then check out Cross Country Education Virtual Services to discover how we can help bolster your school’s online educational support needs during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.