What does art have to do with educational outcomes?


The art classroom is the perfect place for exploration and creativity. We’ll help you keep the fresh ideas flowing with professional development offerings and cross-categorical lesson plans based on National Visual Arts Standards. And we’ll always keep safety top of mind. Our presenters include former art educators and professional artists.

Multiple formats to fit your schedule

multiple formats to fit your schedule

Site Based

We’ll send one of our experts to your school to lead a hands-on workshop.

Live Webinars

Join us for a live presentation that includes an opportunity to ask questions.

On Demand Webinars

Watch one of our recorded workshops online whenever it’s convenient for you. Learn More.

Sax® Workshops-in-a-Box

An Easy-to-Use Professional Development Tool. Learn More.

A small sampling of our site-based workshops

Here are just some of the professional development workshops we have available. Contact us to explore all the options or discuss a customized option for your school.

Monet’s Japanese Bridge

Dig deep into the composition of landscape painting using Monet’s Japanese Bridge paintings, and focus on background, middle, and foreground.

Kandinsky Recycled

Create a monoprint with different colored planes and geometric shapes using recycled materials.

Community of Artists

Build a community of houses using simple 3D construction and various paper techniques.

Cross-Contour Geological Tiles

Create 3D landforms on soft hand-built clay tiles. Optional glaze application on site.

Masters in Plaster

Creating a 3D image from a 2D master work using a pizza box and Plast’r Craft.

Sunlight, Shimmer and Shadow

Explore places or images with personal meaning that demonstrate the properties of highlight, shadow, and reflection.

Layered Coral Reef

Multiple sheets of plastic create the layers and depth of a coral reef. Focus includes understanding process of background, middle and foreground.

Fold Over Clay Critters

Create imaginative or realistic clay animals using a slab fold over technique.

Pop Into Fun

Master the techniques of a simple pop-up structure that can be used to reinforce other disciplines such as literature, history, sciences or as a standalone visual statement.

Adapted Art/Inclusive Art

Do you have students with special needs in your art class? Need ideas for more inclusive art lesson plans? This interactive art workshop has creative solutions for inclusive projects, fine motor adaptations, hands on work stations and more! Perfect for Art Educators.

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