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School Specialty Sax has been enriching teacher’s professional lives with Professional Development workshops for over 20 years.

These workshops are developed from the annual Sax Lesson Plans. Our lesson plans are based on the National Visual Arts Standards and are cross categorical. Our Lesson Plans also focus on Special Needs, STEAM and Social Emotional Learning. Safety in the Art Room is always top of mind.

We have a collection of over 200 Lesson Plans online. Each year we select our favorites to offer for Professional Development workshops.

In addition to our annual offering we can customize a workshop based on the needs of a district.

Presenters are former art educators and/or professional artists.

A small sampling of our Live in-person courses

We offer dozens of live in-person courses that have been developed over time by career professionals just like you. This list is just a small sample of the many options we provide. When you’re interested in learning more please contact us [link to inside toggle] and one of our Account Managers will be in touch.

Monet’s Japanese Bridge

Uses Monet’s Japanese Bridge paintings to dig deeper into the composition of landscape painting focusing on background, middle and foreground.

Kandinsky Recycled

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

Community of Artists

Through a simple 3D construction and various paper techniques a classroom artists community of houses will be created.

Cross Contour Geological Tiles

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

Geometric Assemblage

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

Sunlight, Shimmer and Shadow

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

Book of Mini Mandalas

Combining art and math participants will create an individual or collaborative piece

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.

Tiffany Inspired Starburst Book

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

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If you’re interested in learning more about our live in-person courses for 21st Century Safe Schools, just fill out this form and we’ll have a professional development specialist contact you.


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