Art Education for the Holidays

Christmas art parody

It's that time once again when students are getting antsy as the holiday vacations approach. Now is the time to teach short, motivating art lessons to hold their interest. One way to do this is have lessons that relate to the holidays. Christmas is the most common (Celebrated on December 25) followed by Hanukkah (Celebrated from sunset on December 16 - sunset on December 24). Other holidays that are celebrated include Kwanzaa (Celebrated from to January 1), St. Nicholas Day is on December 6 in northern Europe, St. Lucias Day on December 13 in Sweden, Buddhist holiday Bodhi Day on December 8, and Las Posadas from December 16-24 celebrated in latin countries.


Of course most the world celebrates the new year on January 1 with New Years celebrations on December 31 (Omisoka in Japan and Hogmanay in Scotland). You can find most of these holidays on IAD with lessons and information. Below you will find IAD links for the rest of the year:


Holiday Parody Cards Lesson (See image above)
The Incredible Christmas Page
Christmas Ideas: Craft Ideas for the Holiday
Keith Haring and Dali Christmas Ideas
Van Gogh Christmas Lesson

Find out what art teacher Kathleen McCrea does for Christmas on her art room page.



New Art Lessons

IAD is always adding new art lessonsart lessons/a> -->. You can find the newest art lessons by viewing the lesson next to the NEW image. We are in the process of creating a new way to categorize lessons. We will soon be including images and a short description of each lesson rather than just a lesson title. This takes time and we anticipate completing this by Spring of 2015.

The newest section of the site is our new gallery section with over 20,000 paintings and drawings displayed. You can even buy a painting if you wish. Paintings not in the public domain are not included. There are other sections that may interest you:


The Art Teacher Toolkit is a resource for homeschoolers and new teachers. You can read about art curriculum and instruction, discipline strategies, special education, NCLB, best practices, school law, view contests, and create rubrics.


There are literally thousands of art-related links in the Art Resources section. See artists from around the world, visit international galleries, see student art work, blogs, art videos, and much more!


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