COVID-19 Teaching & Learning Resources

The MAEA Board of Directors has put together a collection of resources we have developed or seen shared online. Each school and/or district is approaching teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic differently, so please check with your appropriate administrator before implementing any of these resources.

MA Arts Guidelines – Guidance for PreK-12 schools, administrators, and arts educators as they plan for the 2020-2021 school year, to ensure that we may continue to provide meaningful arts instruction for all students in Massachusetts. Drafted by the Massachusetts Arts Coalition – Arts|Learning, Boston Area Kodály Educators, Massachusetts Art Education Association, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MASSCreative, Massachusetts Dance Education Organization, Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild, Massachusetts Instrumental & Choral Conductors Association, Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and The New England Chapter of American Orff Schulwerk Association.

MAEA Guidelines for Visual Art Education in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

If you have additional items to add to this resource list, please feel free to email with additional materials.

Lessons/General Resources

Arts Instructional Resources – Resources gathered by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education.

NAEA Remote Learning Toolkit – Representatives from every NAEA division have collected, curated, and shared strategies, approaches, lessons, units, and tools to support you over the coming weeks as we are faced with the challenges of and opportunities for distance learning.

Preparing for School Year 2020-21 – Best practices, tools, and tips from NAEA for plausible circumstances of the 2020-21 school year.

COVID-19 Assistance from Davis – Weekly webinars, free k-12 lessons, professional development opportunities, video lessons, and online access to SchoolArts Magazine.

The Coronavirus Virtual Sub Lessons for Art Teachers – Organized by Amy Bultena and includes submissions from art educators across the world. Elementary, Middle, and High school.

K-6 Visual Art Home Learning Choice Ideas – Organized by Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Art Educators – includes ideas for online and offline learning.

Gr. 6-12 Make Art at Home – Resources compiled by Arlington Public School District Art Educators

K-12 Art Activities for Home – Resources compiled by Lynn Public School District Art Educators

BPS Arts Virtual Lessons – Lessons created by BPS arts educators for K-12 students

Project Zero Ideas and Distance Learning: Visible Thinking and Teaching for Understanding – Document prepared by Carole Geneix, 6-12 WiS Director of Teaching and Learning, and Jaime Chao-Mignano, 6-12 WIS STEAM Community Coordinator

Tips for Getting Started with Online Learning – Ron Gresham, Visual Art Teacher at IB international school in Hong Kong

Online Art Teachers (K-12) – Private Facebook group established “to be a support for art teachers across the United States and the globe that find themselves being asked by their schools to deliver eLearning to their students OR having to teach their art course remotely using non-tech instructional methods.”

Online Art & Design Studio Instruction in the Age of “Social Distancing” – Public Facebook group established as “An online resource/discussion page for faculty of studio based art and design instruction to share strategies, pedagogy and support for instruction in the age of Social Distancing.”

Digital Learning

Davis Digital Platform – Open access to the library of 25,000 fine art images as well as full use of student books and teacher editions of many titles, Elementary, Middle. and High School through June 30, 2020.

Artsonia Remote Learning – More information, including At Home Ideas & Activities coming soon.

Adobe Creative Cloud Access – IT Admins request temporary access to CC desktop apps for students and teachers at their institutions through May 31, 2020.

Online Studio Visit – Arrange online studio visits, critiques, and lectures.

Khan AcademyArt history courseAP Art history course – Create pixel art.

Art & Design Online Resources for Enrichment and Independent Learning – Many online art education resources compiled by School Districts in the North Boston area.

Digital Trends Online Resources – A compilation of various online teaching tools, not just for art.

Art Lab – Resources from the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Making Art Together – The Carle’s Art Studio blog, Making Art Together, includes weekly posts, encouraging artists of all ages to make art in their “At Home Art Studios” using everyday materials found at home.

Virtual Art Show Resources

Resources complied from MAEA

Virtual Museum Tours

Connect with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston this year by scheduling a Virtual Visit for your class! These are live, real-time online “visits” led by an ICA educator over Zoom or the group’s preferred platform. FREE for Boston Public Schools & Title I schools. Learn more.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – free virtual Design Field Trip program. Learn more.

The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World – Art, History, Science, and Technology

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections – Organized by MCN ‘The Museum Computer Network.

Drawing Prompts

Author/Illustrator Jarrett Lerner – Prompts to spark creativity and wonder.

Every Day Drawing Challenge – Alice Gentili, Mendon-Upton Regional School District

Drawing Act 150 – Community Art Installation celebrating the 150 anniversary of the Drawing Act of 1870.

Sketchbook Drawing Prompts – Created by Arlington Public School District Art Educators

Drawing with Bren Bataclan– Draw along with artist Bren Bataclan

Teacher Made Videos

Art is Elementary – Videos of individual lessons shared by an art teacher.

How to make a 16 page sketchbook out of a single sheet of paper. – Shared by June Krinsky-Rudder

Thumbnails – Art videos made by teacher Emily Valenza


DESE Webinars: Supporting Remote Learning in Arts – The Center for Instructional Support is providing content-specific support to assist teachers, coaches and instructional leaders with implementation of remote learning building upon the Department’s remote learning guidance issued on 4/24/2020.

NAEA Webinars

Davis Publications – Weekly Webinars

The Massachusetts Partnership for Youth – Offering a series of webinars over the next 2 weeks. PDPs available for completing 10 hours of programing during the 2019-2020 school year. 

Authors/illustrators streaming

Jarrett J. Krosoczka – Draw Everyday with JJK – Weekdays at 2pm ET. More activities and free downloads on his website.

Mo Willems – Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home. Weekdays at 1 pm EST.

Peter H. Reynolds – Reading stories on Facebook Live