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 and, if you’d like, complete the project with glaze.

Geometric Assemblage

Create a 3D assemblage based on the elements and principles of design.

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.

Book of Mini Mandalas

Create an individual or collaborative piece that combines art and math.

Layered Coral Reef

Create a coral reef with depth and layers using multiple sheets of plastic while learning about background, middle, and foreground.

Tiffany-Inspired Starburst Book

Create a simple origami-folding book with an artist-inspired embossed cover.

Adapted/Inclusive Art Half-Day Session

Get creative solutions and lesson plans for inclusive projects, fine motor adaptations, hands-on work stations and more in this interactive art workshop.

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