ST.ART for EDUCATORS
Tools for the classroom, school workshops & visits, fun professional development opportunities – and oh yeah, summer programs & scholarships for your students.
Add to your bag of teacher tricks and connect with fellow educators through our professional development workshops, ST.ART Sketching Socials, and online curriculum resources. Our 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
Join ST.ART Pre-College every third Thursday of the month for guided sketching sessions, led by director Amelia Fleming. Come connect with fellow educators and develop a sketching routine! No special materials, skills or previous knowledge needed.
ST.ART Sketching Socials
Thursday, February 18 – 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, March 18– 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, April 15– 5:00-6:00pm CST
Thursday, May 20– 5:00-6:00pm CST
Cheers to Teachers is a celebration of our incredible educators—a chance to gather, connect, and learn from one another through activities and conversation. Open to all K-12 educators, this series will feature free, weekly workshops hosted each Wednesday in February from 6–8pm. This free PD series is organized by ST.ART Pre-College and the Visual Arts Center in collaboration with colleagues at the Blanton Museum of Art, Landmarks, The Contemporary Austin and Women & Their Work.
Mon. Feb 1 – Happy Hour Kickoff
Wed. Feb 3 – Activating Art in the [Virtual] Classroom
Wed. Feb 10 – Playing with Art on Zoom: Mindfulness and Self Care
Wed. Feb 24 (new date) – Exploring Identity and Personal Narrative in Contemporary Art
Wed. March 3 (new date) – Working with What You’ve Got: Objects, Spaces, Stories
various dates – Optional Workshops from Austin Teaching Artists & Arts Organizations
Classroom Visits – schedule a session for your students
Interested in having a special activity for your students? We’d love to design a sketching session for your class and/or chat with your students about careers in Art + Design. Our class visits are free and typically last 15 minutes to 1 hour. Click the button below to request a session!
ST.ART Sketching – prompts & playlists
All ST.ART Pre-College programs feature a daily sketch session, prompting students with various drawing techniques to build on fundamental drawing and observation skills. Use these prompts and tools for your own practice or as a warmup 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.
Sketching can 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 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:
Lesson Plans – developed at UT Austin
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 a specific theme and create lessons that can be modified for all age groups. Click on the link to download lesson plans.