Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : The Arts

Andy Warhol Museum

Classroom resources include downloadable activities, unit lesson plans, art activities, and a timeline history of Warhol. Lesson plan topics on creative and critical thinking skills and historic and culture content. 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212. 412-237-8300.


Part of the Kennedy Center's interactive education program offering free standards-based art instruction and assessment materials that empower teachers with tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula that fully integrate the arts with other academic subjects. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., NW Washington, DC 20566.


Free online games with memory tests, puzzles, and art projects, including detective work on creatures and architecture. Use the website to search through card-matching games and provides children with an interactive learning experience.

Matisse for Kids

Interactional game teaching kids about the art, life, and history of Matisse.

Modavi Center

Provides free and downloadable curriculum guides on a range of art topics: Dance, Elementary Theater, Ethnic Dance, Instrumental Music, Jazz, Modern Dance, Multicultural Music, Storytelling, Theater, and Vocal Music. University of California-Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616. 866-754-2787.

National Endowment for the Arts

Find educational resources for art education with lesson plans, extracurricular activities, and information on art programs. 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20506.

National Gallery of Art

Provides online resources on over 25 artists and topics including ancient art, the civil war, heroes/heroines, nationality, and the Renaissance. Interactives include the Mobile Maker where students can design their own mobile, Ancient Arcade game of gods and symbols, Cake Maker where students can decorate cakes in the art bakery, and Medal Maker for students to draw, paint and print their own medal. NGAkids offers additional activities and games. 2000B South Club Drive, Landover, MD 20785. 202-737-4215.

NGA (National Gallery of Art) Kids

Teachers can find free interactive games and activities involving hundreds of artworks in the NGA including virtual tours, build animated characters, and more for children of all ages.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Explore extensive bibliographies of different subjects, artist biographies, and over 50 Lesson Plans on history and culture through music. 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44114. 216-781-ROCK.

The Incredible Art Department

The website provides online interactive art games, virtual art classrooms, lesson plans, and visual art news. Free and downloadable curricula topics include aboriginal art, animals, color, found objects/recycling, portraits, and technology.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Online features and printable files help educators introduce their students to the diverse collections of the Metropolitan Museum. Publications include a variety of illustrations and descriptions of their selected works of art, historical and cultural background, and lesson plans and activities. Online feature topics cover Art in Ancient Egypt, Byzantium, China, India, and Ancient Shipwrecks. 1000 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10028. 212-570-3985.