Resources for Grades 9–12

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

Video

grades 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorious Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

Video

grades 11–12

The Art of Joy and Pain

Experience the stunning and provocative contemporary art and performance of Abigail DeVille, whose work takes a critical look at history.

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hip-hop artist Nas

Video

grades 9–12

Leaves of Grass

Celebrate Walt Whitman's life by reading Leaves of Grass with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, hip-hop artist Nas, and an array of contemporary poets.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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future forest is made of plastic

Video

grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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flip flop sculptures

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Video

grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

Video

grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

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Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: Design at Home: mini exhibit

Activity

grades 6–12

Design It Yourself: Mini-Exhibit

Click through the introductory slides, and then design your own mini-exhibit using objects found in your home.

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fun fall notecards

Activity

grades 6–12

Fun Fall Note Cards

Go through this multistep process to create a fun—but sophisticated—piece of fall-inspired art that you can keep or share as a note card.

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story sparks

Activity

grades 7–12

18 Story Sparks to Get You Writing

Create your own short story inspired by photographs and illustrations.

Activity

grades 6–12

Your Dream Vacation

Where would you go? Why? Research the details of a city or town and then create a travel brochure!

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Activity

grades 6–12

Visual Essay

Go out (or stay in) and take photos -- or make drawings -- of your world that you'd like to share with someone. Add short reflections to each photo or drawing and email your special person the essay.

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Guess the Animal

How does a penguin walk? A giraffe stand? A puppy behave? Choose an animal to mimic and walk around the room until the answer is guessed.

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Activity

grades 10–12

Art and Drawing Master Class

Dive into some art instruction from YouTuber Ross Tran in this playlist of helpful drawing tutorials.

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drawn out idea

Activity

grades 3–9

Helpful Invention

Dream up an invention you think could help make people's lives better. Design it, then build it. Check out the two examples for inspiration.

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Examples of DIY activities

Activity

grades 8–12

DIY Fun

Swipe through short, simple DIY videos on crafting, cooking, and more. Or create your own DIY tips for your favorite hobby. (Some alcohol content.)

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Activity

grades 5–12

Go Viral with Gratitude

Use your favorite video-creation tool to make a video thanking someone who's made a difference in your life: a teacher, a parent, or another mentor.

Activity

grades 6–12

Create a Coloring Sheet

Use a pen and paper to create an outline that can be used as a coloring sheet for a family member or friend. Have them use crayons, colored pencils, or markers to fill it in.

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Activity

grades 9–12

Photograph Your Lunch

Practice different angles and lighting to capture the most delicious image of your food. Try different filters and analyze which are better for food pics.

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jerry lawson

Article/Ebook

grades 8–12

Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

Read this article about inventor and engineer Jerry Lawson, who developed the first interchangeable, cartridge-based video game system—before Atari and Nintendo!

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representation through music

Article/Ebook

grades 9–12

Representation Through Music

Scroll through and listen to this wide mix of Latinx musical artists and interviews about their motivations.

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various coding apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding

Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration.

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various arts apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Arts Education Apps and Websites

Empower your students to move from consumption to creation and to make their voices and perspectives heard.

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tech creation apps

Article/Ebook

grades K–12

Best Tech-Creation Tools

Find a new tool for students to learn through making as they build meaning, work through problems, and acquire new knowledge and skills.

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Design icons

Audio

grades 6–12

99% Invisible

Learn how architecture and design shape our everyday world with the stories and history behind things we rarely think about.

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Audio

grades 4–12

Listen to Some Shakespeare

Find a comfy chair, get out your headphones, and listen to a Shakespeare play performed by actors from the Folger Theatre.

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jigsaw puzzle

Interactive

grades 10–12

Jigsaw Puzzle

Discover famous artwork from museums across the globe with this jigsaw game. Play alone or with friends.

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visual crosswords

Interactive

grades 6–12

Visual Crosswords

Think creatively and conceptually about art with this inventive painting- and picture-based crossword game.

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cultural crosswords

Interactive

grades 10–12

Cultural Crosswords

For serious art, culture, and history buffs, challenge your knowledge with these crossword puzzles.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Virtual Van Gogh

Take a virtual walk-through tour of this Amsterdam monument to Van Gogh's work. Then, browse over 150 high-res images of his most important works.

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pictures of different places around the world

Interactive

grades 9–12

Explore a Country Through Art and History

Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)

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art hallway

Interactive

grades 9–12

Online Art Tours

Tour galleries and exhibition rooms of the Louvre like "Egyptian Antiquities" and "Remains of the Louvre's Moat."

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coloring page

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Art Coloring Book

Reimagine and re-color famous paintings with the click of a mouse.

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a painting

Interactive

grades 6–12

Scream Trivia

Ever wonder about Edvard Munch's famous expressionist painting? This short interactive answers the awesome questions you didn't even know you had.

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Interactive

grades 9–12

Art from the Heart

Explore the intersection of love and art with this tender virtual exhibit. Then create a piece of art or a poem for someone you care about.

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Interactive

grades 9–12

History of Books

Tour libraries, ancient manuscripts, and famous authors' bookshelves with this virtual exhibit on the history of books. Afterward, read a chapter of your favorite novel.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Step into Shakespeare

Watch modern interpretations of classic plays and dive into the Bard's lasting legacy with this virtual exhibit on performing Shakespeare.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Explore Threatened Landmarks

Tour gorgeous cultural and historical sites being threatened by climate change in this virtual exhibit. Learn about ways architects are working to preserve them.

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different quilts

Lesson

grades 6–12

The Shape of Stories

Explore this exhibition focused on quilt-maker and artist Rosie Lee Tompkins, whose "put-togethers," as she puts it, experiment with color, shape, and texture.

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african american woman with a decorative headpiece

Lesson

grades 10–12

Black Is Beautiful

Analyze and discuss the influential photography of Kwame Brathwaite with a friend, family member, or teacher. Use the guiding questions to get things going.

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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sample image of coding

Lesson

grades 3–12

Quick Coding Course

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

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a foot on a distortion pedal

Lesson

grades 6–12

Design a Distortion Pedal

Discover the history of the distortion pedal, a little box that changed rock music. Then learn about what distortion is and design your own pedal.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

The Great Depression, Ken Burns in the Classroom

Examine this gallery of photos taken during the Great Depression. Use the Photo Analysis Worksheet to guide your thinking.

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Lesson

grades 10–12

Gerhard Richter: Painting After All

Explore this beautiful website that digs into why the artist Gerhard Richter continues to use the medium of painting for his work. As a follow-up, analyze and interpret one of Richter's paintings.

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programming sample

Lesson

grades 8–12

Meme Maker Tutorial

Play through Vidcode's super-simple but fun tutorial that focuses on creating custom social media-style filters.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Imagineering in a Box

Perfect for Disney lovers, this incredible course covers the renowned Disney Imagineering method for storytelling and gets kids designing their own theme park attractions.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Letters, Undelivered

Write a letter to someone important that you'll never actually send. Afterward, reflect on the experience.

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cartoon drawing of a person

Lesson

grades 10–12

A Matter of Fact

Explore the drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola. Use the questions throughout to examine Ojih Odutola's artistic techniques and her exploration of wealth and Blackness.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

Video

grades 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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gladys bentley

Video

grades 10–12

Glorious Gladys Bentley

Discover the singular life and style of Gladys Bentley, a Harlem Renaissance artist whose bold performances battled traditional gender roles and norms.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

Video

grades 11–12

The Art of Joy and Pain

Experience the stunning and provocative contemporary art and performance of Abigail DeVille, whose work takes a critical look at history.

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hip-hop artist Nas

Video

grades 9–12

Leaves of Grass

Celebrate Walt Whitman's life by reading Leaves of Grass with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, hip-hop artist Nas, and an array of contemporary poets.

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future forest is made of plastic

Video

grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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flip flop sculptures

Selected by

TKSST

Video

grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

Video

grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

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the obliteration room

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Video

grades 6–12

The Obliteration Room

Watch as Tate Gallery visitors take part in Yayoi Kusama's interactive art exhibit. Visitors transform the white room by covering it with dot stickers in different colors.

Video

grades 11–12

Reconstructing History

Step into the challenging world of Kevin Beasley's art, which reckons with the the brutal legacy of slavery.

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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various artwork

Website/App

grades 6–12

Google Arts and Culture

Get free access to art collections and virtual field trips from around the world with 360-degree image tours of museums, famous sites, landmarks, and more.

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screenshot from app

Website/App

grades 3–12

GarageBand

Turn your iOS device into a powerful multitrack recording studio complete with awesome loops, impressive editing and production features, and more.

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man designing an object

Website/App

grades 6–12

Autodesk Design Academy

Teach and learn digital design with clear and well-thought-out tutorials for teachers and students, plus high-quality digital materials.

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anchor app screenshot

Website/App

grades 7–12

Anchor

Record and publish your own podcast, then share it with the world.

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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students using a laptop

Website/App

grades 6–12

The Kennedy Center Classroom Resources

Browse hundreds of free, high-quality digital learning resources to incorporate the arts into any classroom.

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people in the asian art museum

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Asian Art Museum

Take an in-depth look at Asia's influence on art and history with inventive lessons, activities, videos, and images.

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creating a movie

Website/App

grades 6–12

WeVideo

Students of all ages can use this cloud-based video-editing site to showcase their creativity and demonstrate learning.