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Visual Arts

ANZAC art ideas 1

An activity centered around Georgia O’Keffe and scale/proportion from Weiner Elementary - features a really great range of visual images and videos.

ANZAC art ideas 2

Drawing poppies in perspective from Smart teacher with links to the Wizard of OZ poppy scene and exemplars of student work.

Appropriation - how to deal with the idea of appropriation in the Art Room

An Art of Education article on approaches to this topic.

Art for Kids Hub

This site covers a range of great activities for younger children that introduce drawing and painting skills with accompanying video tutorials.

Art Heroes

A couple of wonderfully animated short videos on art elements and design principles on this Youtube channel.

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.

Arty Shapes

TKI NZ Maths; integration of Art and Maths.

Creative Thinking Hacks

A lecture by Scott Berkun that articulates stages and strategies that contribute to creative thinking. 

Drawing as research

The Tate; "Developed in conversation with artists and teachers, How to Research invites consideration of the meaning and value of research within art practice."

Dust My Shoulders Off

a music video by Jane Zhang which is a playful mix of art historical and contemporary pop culture references, great for a pop quiz.

Elements of Art

Fabulous resource from the J.Paul Getty Museum with resource sheets to introduce each element.

Exploring photographs

A Getty Museum resource starting with Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange and writing an artist statement about an image of your own.

Google Arts and Culture

Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world. Formerly Google Art Project, this is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative's partner museums.


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.

Haring Kids: Online Resources and Colouring Book

This website is affiliated with the Keith Haring Foundation and is a collection of  lesson ideas and resources from education departments at Museums that have hosted Keith Haring exhibitions and other contributors.

How to Shade with a Pencil

Great article and video - holding a pencil (for drawing) and good shading resources.

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.


Great lesson from MoMa with resource portraits, written activities and art-making

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.

Jane Zhang - Dust My Shoulders Off

a music video which is a playful mix of Art Historical and contemporary pop culture references.

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.

Kotahitanga: The Maori Word for Oneness

2 min video explaining the semantics behind the word.

Line of Action

drawing site that presents assorted images for a predetermined time for students to learn to sketch rapidly from.

Literacy Through Photography

Literacy Through Photography [LTP] the educational component of FotoFest International [based in HoustonTexas} 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.

Looking as Research

The Tate; " this resource aims to support engaged, contextualised, thoughtful investigations into and alongside art and artmaking"

Love Art: National Gallery, London

An app for Apple users. ‘The National Gallery in London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world. These pictures belong to everyone and are presented here for you to enjoy and keep with you at all times.’

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.

Memorials: Art for remembering

Lessons from the Smithsonion - good for reflecting on ANZAC commemorations.

Menlo Park’s Art Studio

Great blog for primary/elementary links - great visual self- assessment ‘rubrics’ and plenty of video links to foundation knowledge required at Grades 1-5.

Moma iPad Apps

Includes the MoMA iPhone app, Art Lab iPad app and the Abstract Expressionist app. Take Moma with you,  make a sound composition, shape poem, group drawing, and more, then save and share your artwork (parental setting available) or learn about NYC abstract expressionists.

MoMA Learning

Whether you’re are a teacher, student, or lifelong learner, MoMA Learning is your destination for tools and strategies for engaging with modern and contemporary art.

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.

Nga Ringa Toi o Tahu

A series of videos available on the Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Facebook page. Eight mini art documentaries exploring the practice and success of a number of talented New Zealand artists who also happen to be Ngai Tahu.

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.

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.

Pinterest community

A useful resource following Art teachers and with specific Artsonline Boards for both Primary and Secondary teaching.

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

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

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.

Renaissance Art Making Techniques

A good starting point for the study of Verrocchio and Italian art. Resource from the Victoria and Albert museum covering different Renaissance art making techniques including bronze. Useful for a media and processes activity as well as Renaissance art content.

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.

Scale and Proportion

A short video that may appeal to dis-engage learners as it uses orcs and baddies to explain.

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.

Study Art

Studying art and design at AUT is the best place to develop the thinking and skills that ensure you develop a unique voice and that your designs transcend the ordinary, provoke thought and evoke response.

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 Papa - What is the Venice Biennale

A set of resources jam-packed with great links to videos and other material and lessons related to Lisa Reihana’s ‘Emissaries - In Pursuit of Venus’.

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is Waitakere City's Regional Art Gallery. Their focus is to present contemporary art through a diverse programme of exhibitions and events.

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.

The Art Story

A website to ‘sort through all the noise of the art world and shed light on modern and contemporary art.’ Topic pages on over 160 artists, art movements, graphic timelines, critics and a blog with great articles.

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 Teacher’s Definitive Guide to OK Go Videos

Useful for teaching about a range of devices and effects in Visual Art and media.

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.

The National Gallery of Art Washington

Teachers can search on-line records on all of the more than 110000 objects and images of more than 6000 objects in the collection. Search the entire collection by specific artist title or a combination of criteria. Under NGA Classroom there’s a set of featured lessons that includes one on Art since 1950; very useful for Modern American Art at Level 3. You can access lessons and resources by curriculum topic or artist. There is also an on-line tour section which enables the user to tour the collection or take one of wide-ranging in-depth study tours.

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.

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.

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.

Vermeer (PPT 305KB)

A PowerPoint presentation which uses Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring as an introduction to Art History. Comes with explanatory notes for the teacher (Levels 2 or 3).

Vermeer teacher notes (Word 32.5KB)

Vermeer Powerpoint explanatory notes

Vincent van Gogh

This page has some of Van Gogh's most famous paintings including Starry Night and a few of his self portraits.

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) (222.50 kB)

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

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.

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850). It is easy to use and allows you to search for information on individual artists and their contexts. The available images are extensive and information is reputable. The Tours section is particularly good for Level 3 Renaissance courses.

Web Museum

Virtual museum offering access to art masterpieces. Site includes both an artist index and a thematic index. Clearly organised with good quality images. Glossary section useful for handouts and power-point presentations.

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.

World Art Treasures

World Art Treasures is run by the Jacques-Eduard Berger Foundation. The slide library can be accessed through a number of different headings; Artist Country Region or City. It also offers lectures and an Audio Section to listen to them a Zoom function and "Puzzle" a chance to click on a piece of a master work and drag to correct place. There is also an interactive timeline.


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.

Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland 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.

Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato supports the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community. We can help with information, advice, support and funding for your arts or cultural project. The Waikato has a thriving and distinctive creative sector and our communities treasure its essential contribution to our lives. Our purpose is to strengthen, develop and invigorate the creative sector in the Waikato for the benefit of all.

Education and Disability Resource Center

Use this British education site as a reference tool for various issues in education that affect the entire community- Including Job Tips Neurological Developmental & Learning Disabilties Salary Statistics SATs Classroom Management Home Schooling Lesson Plans Bullying ADD Student Loans and Articles in Education.

Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plans - Arts

The Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plan Collection contains more than 1000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC by teachers from all over the United States. This page is focused on the Arts.

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.

Figure Drawing Lab

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

Group Activities Games Exercises and Initiatives

A site with a large index of free and purchasable team-building exercises games and group activities.

Guide to Field Trips (Word 26.5KB)

A downloadable guide to organizing trips and designing tasksheets for exhibition.

History of New Zealand Theatre

Arts and culture, the guide to top websites: visual, performing & literary arts.

HotChalk's Lesson Plans

HotChalk's LessonPlansPage.com is a collection of over 3000 lesson plans for primary and secondary levels developed at The University of Missouri and more recently by the users of the site.

Integrated Arts Programme - Arizona

This video and accompanying materials describe and justify an arts-integration programme in primary schools. While the programme relies on visiting arts specialists in the classroom there are ideas and rubrics that could be adapted by generalists.


Register to find information about past and upcoming arts virtual field trips. Registration and enrolment in all trips is free for New Zealand registered teachers teaching in New Zealand schools.

Manaakitanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of manaakitanga in arts classrooms. Mannaakitanga is about values of integrity trust sincerity and equity. Through manaakitanga the teacher and fellow students recognise and affirm the identity of each student in open and trusting relationships.

New Zealand Curriculum Resource Bank

This tool organises resources and information that support professional learning and leadership as schools implement The New Zealand Curriculum. There is a selection of resources for The Arts in this database.

Nga Toi Online

This site contains materials for teaching Ngā Toi in Māori medium schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Re-assessment (Word 25KB)

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

Secondary Education Portal

Information resources and guidance to support secondary teaching and learning.

Secondary Schools Arts Coordinators’ Funding

Since 2009, schools have no longer been required to apply for their allocated funds or to provide activity reports to the Ministry. All state and integrated schools have received tagged funds for the Secondary Schools Arts Coordinators Project in their operational funding in instalments in January, April, July and October. The amount they receive depends on the number of students in each school, with a base amount of $1,000.

Schools determine how they use the funding – this may be to employ an Arts Coordinator or may also be used for their students to attend Arts events or to have artists/musicians come into their school.

Read the 2004 Evaluation Report of the project here.

Student Self Assessment Guide (Word 22KB)

A template for students to monitor and reflect on their own assessment progress.

Success for Boys

This New Zealand Ministry of Education website is intended to help teachers build on existing practice to create opportunities for all boys to succeed.

Tales from Te Papa

This teaching resource features 100 Tales from Te Papa mini-documentaries that showcase many of the unique pieces that Te Papa holds in trust for the nation. Each Tale is supported by curriculum links questions for students response templates teaching resources and links to relevant material on the Te Papa website. This resource is the result of a partnership between TVNZ 7 Vero and Te Papa.

Tangata whenuatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Tangata whenuatanga represents place-based socio-cultural awareness and knowledge of the whenua or land we come from.

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.

Theatrical Resources: Music Theatre International

This site provides resources to go with many of the most well-known shows like Fame Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. The study guides explore issues that are pertinent to the era and themes of the shows. A great resource for teachers who want to use the school show as an assessment tool.

Tino rangatiratanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of tino rangatiratanga in arts classrooms. Tino rangatiratanga is the principle of relative autonomy – the goal is to gain relative control over one's own life and cultural well-being.

Whanaungatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of whanaungatanga in arts classrooms. Whanaungatanga involves relationships (between students school-wide and with the community) based on high expectations.

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