Arts Education Research

Americans for the Arts
The National Arts Education campaign, The Arts. Ask for More, provides highlights of arts education research findings that show how the arts help students learn, and includes links to the full reports. Other resources include examples of successful arts programs and ways to increase arts involvement in your school. En Español.

Arts Education Partnership
This site provides current research in the essential role of the arts in the learning and development of every child and in the improvement of America’s schools, as well as resources for evaluation and assessment, arts advocacy, and arts integration. Many publications are available in .pdf format.

Project Zero
Project Zero is an education research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University that conducts research in the fields of cognitive development and learning in the arts and other disciplines. The site provides research findings and educational resources.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
VTS is a research-based teaching method that uses discussions of images to foster critical thinking and the acquisition of language skills. It provides educators with an easy-to-learn, proven strategy to support learning objectives. This website provides information about VTS and its research findings.

Professional Development Research

Learning Forward
Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) is an international membership association of educators focused on increasing student achievement through more effective professional learning. Find research and publications on their website.

Artists’ Books Websites

Browse the websites below for examples of artists’ books, reference materials, lesson ideas, tutorials, worksheets, and listserves.

The Book Arts Web

Booklyn Artists Alliance

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Book as Art Exhibition Interactive

Otis College of Art and Design

Artists’ Books

Click the links below for more information about the artists whose work appears in the ABC website and in the ABC Interactive.

Alice Austin

Carol Barton

Leda Black

L. Michelle Geiger

Jo Going

Emily Martin

Claire Van Vliet
Janus Press
101 Schoolhouse Road
Newark, VT 05871

Illustrated Children’s Books

The books listed below are good examples of ways text and illustrations can complement each other and contribute to the overall meaning of a story and of the variety of ways to arrange text on a page. Ask your school or local librarian to help you find more examples.

A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems by Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka

Art by Patrick McDonnell

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet by David McLimans

Imagine by Norman Messenger

Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson and Rob Gonsalves

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Monkey Business by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carol Boston Weatherford and Kadir Nelson

Smokey Night by Eve Bunting and David Diaz

The Three Pigs by David Wiesman

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

Wolves by Emily Gravett

Why? by Lila Prap

National Standards

The ABC curriculum meets the National Standards for Arts Education and Language Arts. Click on the links below for more information about National Standards.

National Standards for Arts Education

National Standards for Language Arts

Additional Resources

6+1 Traits of Writing

Common Core State Standards Initiative

National Core Arts Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

The Private Eye

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