Visual Art Education Resources


  • National Art Education Association

“Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.”

“The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.”

State and Local Arts Councils

These are places to begin searches of available grants and other important resources.

  • Tennessee Arts Commission

The Tennessee Arts Commission was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly with the special mandate to stimulate and encourage the presentation of the visual, literary, music and performing arts and to encourage public interest in the cultural heritage of Tennessee. The mission of the Tennessee Arts Commission is to cultivate the arts for the benefit of all Tennesseans and their communities.

  • ArtsBuild

Established in 1969, ArtsBuild (formerly Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga) is a private, nonprofit united arts fund and arts council. ArtsBuild provides a united voice for all cultural organizations and activities in Hamilton County.

Arts Advocacy

  • Americans for the Arts

The mission is to serve, advance, and lead the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Connecting your best ideas and leaders from the arts, communities, and business, together we can work to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts.

  • Tennesseans for the Arts

TFTA's mission-and our passion-is to advocate for the arts at all levels as a strong, unified voice throughout Tennessee. We actively support local arts organizations and the work of the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Local Museums and Organizations

  • Association of Visual Arts

"The mission of AVA is to connect visual arts and community in personal and experiential ways because art makes people and communities better."

  • Hunter Museum of American Art

“The Hunter Museum of American Art’s mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning, and relevance of American Art through: Preservation, growth and interpretation of its exemplary collection, Challenging, wide-ranging, and interactive exhibitions, Compelling and innovative educational programs, An exciting, thought provoking and enjoyable museum experience, and a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and openness.”

UTC Visual Arts Galleries

  • Apothecary:

“Apothecary is a contemporary arts project space located in Chattanooga, TN. Apothecary is supported by the Department of Art of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.”

  • Cress Gallery of Art:

“The Cress Gallery of Art is an academic gallery. It's exhibition schedule and programming is selected to demonstrate the highest consideration for formal theory and concept, contemporary artistic practice and materials, excellence in craft and technique, and relevance to the curriculum of the UTC Department of Art and its role within the University and the Community.”

Helpful Resources

  • Artsonia

“Artsonia is the largest student art museum in the world! Every child can have an online art gallery and preserve their masterpieces for all time!”

  • ArtsEdge

“The Kennedy Center instituted ARTSEDGE in 1996 as its educational media arm, reaching out to schools, communities, individuals and families with printed materials, classroom support and Internet technologies.”

  • Artstor

“Founded with a mission to enhance scholarship and teaching through the use of digital images and media, Artstor is a nonprofit organization committed to digital collection solutions for universities, museums, schools, and libraries worldwide. Our ever-increasing digital library includes more than 2 million high-quality images for education and research from a wide variety of contributors around the world.”

  • The Center for Arts Education

“The Blueprints for Teaching and Learning in the Arts Prek-12 provide a standards-based, rigorous approach to teaching the arts.”

  • National Core Arts Standards

The national core arts standards are a process that guides educators in providing a unified quality arts education for students in Pre-K through high school.”

  • State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE)

“State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Mission: To support the professional effectiveness of individual members and provide a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education.”

  • Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

“VTS is a well-known program developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine more than twenty years ago, used in museums both locally and internationally, as well as in schools, colleges and universities.”

  • Tennessee Department of Education

“Fine arts academic standards include separate sets of standards for each of the four arts: dance, music, theater, and visual art.” | Fine Arts Resources

Suggested Reading List

Below are great resources for building your own visual art education library:

  • Art Education Journal- Art Education is the official journal of the National Art Education Association
  • NAEA Resource Catalog – “Connect with colleagues who have authored and edited NAEA resources, and with the knowledge and new ideas they share via their research and writing.”


  • Criticizing Art: Understanding the Contemporary – Terry Barrett

  • 10 Lessons the Arts Teach - Elliott Eisner

  • The Arts and the Creation of Mind – Elliott W. Eisner

  • The Foundations of Aesthetics, Art & Art Education- Frank H. Farley; Ronald W. Neperud