Professional Development Articles
Magazines and Textbooks
As an art educator, two of your greatest
resources for staff development are professional magazines
and art textbooks. They both contain articles on artists,
lessons, product information, and other valuable offerings
for art teachers.
There are several professional art magazines,
including some that are geared toward the philosophical side
of education. There are even art product magazines that inform
the reader of new products and offer tips on how to use those
that have been around awhile.
Members of art education associations often have the option
of receiving the association’s magazines with their
Other magazines focus specifically on lessons
for the art room. These magazines include color images of
student work and step-by-step instructions for art lessons.
The magazines also offer art teachers:
- ideas on how to use materials
- lesson plan ideas
- motivational prompts for lessons
- information about new products
- biographies of new artists
- articles about student artists
If your art budget does not include funds
for art publications, you might find such magazines in your
school library or local library.
Textbooks offer multiple opportunities
for professional development. Textbook programs provide a
vast array of information and materials that any art educator
would benefit from. Some of the offerings in art textbook
- background on artists
- works of art
- a variety of media and processes
- formatted lessons
- latest information on careers in art
- ancillaries, including prints and transparencies
- assessment information
- cross-curricular activities
- Web sites for teachers and students
Textbooks are rich in both text and images,
and are interesting to students and educators alike.
Both magazines and textbooks offer teachers
a wide variety of resources for the art classroom and their
own professional development.