ST.ART for EDUCATORS
Tools for the classroom and professional development opportunities for all K12 educators.
Add to your bag of teacher tricks and connect with fellow educators through our professional development workshops, summer retreat, and online curriculum resources. ST.ART educator resources are free for all K-12 educators, teaching artists and arts educators.
Professional Development Workshops
Throughout the school year ST.ART Pre-College offers free professional development opportunities for teachers to connect virtually and in-person at UT Austin.
Make & Mingle: An Evening for Educators at the VAC
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Engage in art making as you enjoy sips, snacks, and contemporary art at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin. Mingle with colleagues, enter a raffle to win fun prizes, and gain new ideas for incorporating contemporary art into the classroom.
Thursday, November 4 – 6:00-8:00pm
Visual Arts Center at UT Austin
2301 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712
click here for parking information
ST.ART Sketching Socials
Join ST.ART Pre-College every third Thursday of the month for hour-long guided sketching sessions, led by director Amelia Fleming.
Connect with fellow educators and develop a sketching routine! Not just an opportunity to unwind and get lost in your sketchbook (or on a scrap of paper) – each month we’ll discuss different artists and styles to inspire new ideas for your classroom. All sketching prompts can be modified to use in the K12 classroom and teaching resources will be available after the session. No special materials, skills or previous knowledge needed. CPE credits available.
2021-2022 ST.ART Sketching Socials
Thursday, August 19 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, September 16 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, October 21 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, November 18 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, December 16 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, January 20 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, February 17 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Past Professional Development Workshops
Cheers to Teachers: Celebrating Educators Through the Arts – February & March 2021
Connect the Dots: Educator Night at the VAC – November 2019
ST.ART Pre-College works with colleagues at UT Austin to provide free resources for your classroom. Below you’ll find free lesson plans, interactive projects and sketch prompts, and details about college chats and guided sketching sessions for your students.
Schedule a free session for your students!
Let the ST.ART team design a guided sketching session for your class or chat with your students about careers in Art + Design. Our class visits are free and typically last 15 minutes to 1 hour. Share your specific classroom needs and request a session below!
Developed by UT Austin graduate students to spark ideas in your classroom!
The following lesson plans were developed by Art Education graduate students as part of the AED 384 — Curriculum Development in Art Education course. Each year students work with program staff to respond to specific themes and create lessons that can be modified for all age groups. Click on the link to download lesson plans.
Sketching Prompts & Playlists
Use these prompts and tools for your own practice or with students.
Whether you have 5 minutes or an hour, a sketching routine is a great way to enhance creativity and improve focus. We recommend sketching for at least 15 minutes each day. This routine is not about having a finished product and is intended to help you reflect on your process and gain new skills for your creative practice, prompting students with various drawing techniques to build on fundamental drawing and observation skills.
Sketching is a low-risk way to experiment with materials, colors and/or techniques and few materials are needed. We recommend creating a traveling set with the following:
- sketchbook (or scraps of paper)
- pens (microns, ballpoint, etc.)
- pencils and eraser
- watercolor set and aqua brush
- paper towel or absorbent rag
- your favorite crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalks, tapes and more!
Music is a great way to energize sketching and art making sessions. When possible, let your students add songs to the playlist or choose songs that enhance a sketch prompt or project.
Here’s few of our favorite Spotify playlists:
A scholarship contest for high school artists.
The ST.ART Challenge is an scholarship contest for exceptional artists in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 (rising Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors). Selected through a blind judging process conducted by a panel of UT Austin, Department of Art and Art History faculty, staff and students, Summer ST.ART Challenge winners receive funding for participation in the upcoming summer.
Submission Deadline: APRIL 1, 2022 at midnight
Winners Announced: APRIL 15
ST.ART Zine Swap
Connect with high school artists and teachers from around the United States!
Use our free classroom resources to guide your students through the creation of zines and then submit them to our zine swap. We’ll send you one zine for every zine we receive from a teen or teacher, plus 5-10 extra zines for your class.