Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) is a model arts integration curriculum developed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The curriculum unites visual arts and language arts through the creation of artists’ books, while also maintaining a specific focus on the cultural contributions of women artists. ABC promotes visual literacy and critical thinking by developing students’ skills in observation, reflection, and arts creation.

ABC is designed for use by 4th- and 5th-grade teachers, regardless of their level of training in the arts. The curriculum’s concepts, goals, and activities can be differentiated by classroom teachers, art teachers, and literacy specialists for use in other grades (especially 3rd-12th) and learning situations.

The TeachersConnect blog and the multimedia resources on this website provide professional development and ongoing support for teachers implementing ABC.

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Jul 21, 2016


There are many concepts that could be taught through a single lesson from Art, Books, & Creativity. As you think about your final project and proposed lesson key idea or concept, what, specifically, do you want your students to learn …

Jul 19, 2016


Challenges to beliefs, attitudes, or long held assumptions may be part of the Visual Thinking Strategies learning experience.   Will you have to make changes in your teaching style? How might the VTS approach provide experiences that may transform student attitudes …

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