The Incredible Art Department (IAD)

Visual Journal

Schools are Shut Down Worldwide!

With the COVID-19 virus (Now called the CCP Virus) shutting down schools around the world, students and art teachers suddenly find themselves with a lot of time on their hands at home. Here is a list of things you can find on this site and elsewhere to help pass the time:


A Little History...

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.

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 We apologize for this but the code for this has become outdated with the advancements in content-management systems.

Website News

IAD is always adding new art lessons. 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 2020.


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.

Want More of IAD? Visit our Guestbook, see our Awards, and order a T-shirt

The Incredible Art Department has been featured in many national publications and received various awards through the years. Pardon us for bragging. Before you go, sign our guestbook by clicking on the book below!


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