The Incredible Art Department (IAD)
IAD began as a showcase for elementary art students in Indiana and now includes a diverse range of subjects and topics of interest to art educators, general area teachers, students, parents, artists, and homeschoolers the world over.
On this site you can find free art lessons, news, art resources, art careers, schools, and help for new art teachers. Submission of lessons and other art related topics is encouraged and may be submitted by e-mailing IAD.
IAD envisions a world where everyone has access to the arts both in school and in the community. We believe that the arts are an essential component for a quality education. Research shows that schools that have strong arts programs also have higher achieving students. The arts encourages creativity and creative problem-solving. These skills are also valuable in the work place. The arts teach us much about various cultures around the world.
IAD Holiday Lesson Ideas And History
This is the time of year people in many cultures celebrate a variety of holidays. Christmas is the most common (Celebrated on December 25) followed by Hanukkah (Celebrated from November 28 - December 2). Other holidays that are celebrated include Kwanzaa (Celebrated on December 26), St. Nicholas Day on December 6 in northern Europe, St. Lucias Day on December 13 in Sweden, Buddhist holiday Bodhi Day on December 8, Eid-al-Adha is on December 10, 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).
IAD has several pages of resources relating to the holidays. When you do a search on Christmas or other holidays in the search box of every page on this site, you come up with lessons, activities, and resources relating to the event. Following are just a few of the pages on IAD relating to the Holidays:
Problems with Printer Friendly Pages
We have been having issues with the code for the printer friendly view on every page of the website. The host of this site was unable to resolve the issues so the printer friendly links have been removed from the site. If you want a print friendly version of any page of the site, simply e-mail us and we'll e-mail you the page without the ads or background images. We apologize for this but the code for this has become outdated with the advancements in content-management systems.
Back to School
Another school year is about to begin. With changes in No Child Left Behind and the upcoming elections, there may be big changes on the horizon for schools and educators. We hope that this website will help teachers, students, and artists adjust and adapt to changes. We're glad you arrived!
IAD is always adding new art lessons. You can find the newest art lessons by viewing the lesson next to the 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 2016.
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!
Feel Isolated in Your Classroom? Join the Art Education Community!
IAD hosts two list groups with many members who are art teachers, students, artists, and homeschoolers. Each list group is searchable and you can post a question to many art teachers across the world to get your answer. To sign up for the art education listgroups, visit this link.
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The Incredible Art Department has been featured in many national publications and received various awards through the years. Pardon us for bragging.
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