Resources tagged "Art"


24th Street Theater

Teaching as a Performing Art (TAPA)
24th Street Theatre’s Teaching as a Performing Art Professional Development workshops are like no other, allowing educators to train on the stage of a professional theatre where the power of live music, lighting, and sound is used to help Teachers experience themselves as artists! They don’t just do PD, they inspire!

Led by award-winning arts educators Debbie Devine & Jay McAdams, TAPA teaches educators how to integrate basic performance techniques in the everyday classroom to make their job more rewarding and creative and to make their students better and more enthusiastic learners.

Arts for LA: Arts Advocacy Toolkit

Arts for LA is a non profit that advocates for greater investment in the arts and arts education in Los Angeles County.

Arts for LA has an excellent advocacy toolkit for anyone to use on their website. It includes tips for organizing meetings, campaign planning, and even questions to ask candidates running for school boards and city government.

Click here for the resource toolkit.


ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center’s educational media arm. They support arts-based student learning and their collection of free digital resources includes lesson plans, video clips, audio stories, and interactive online modules.

August Wilson Monologue Competition

Deadline: Register by October 22, 2015. Students registering by October 8th will receive a free copy of an August Wilson play at the preliminary auditions!

The August Wilson Monologue Competition is a chance for high school youth to gain professional audition experience, meet other students from around Southern California and the bring the memorable characters of playwright August Wilson to life on stage. The first round of auditions will be held at Center Theatre Group in Downtown L.A. on November 14, 2015. Up to 50 students who participate in preliminary auditions will be invited to compete in the semi-final auditions, 12 of whom will advance on to the Regional Competition. The top three regional finishers will receive scholarships, master classes and the chance to compete nationally. You do not need formal acting experience to register; students of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. To learn more, see the Program FAQ. View the list of approved monologues for the 2015-16 competition here.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High school student enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12
  • Attending school in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside or San Bernadino Counties
  • Must remain enrolled in school throughout the academic year and be no older than 19 on the day of the National Finals in May

APPLY: Fill out the online interest form to receive more information and registration documents.

CalArts Community Partnership Programs

Deadline: October 4, 2015

The CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) offers free, after-school youth programming in music, theater, animation, film, photography and digital media in locations around Los Angeles. Program descriptions and schedule of classes are available here. Includes the Media Mashup Program, a 20-week program for high school youth to explore specific social issues through a variety of artistic media, including printmaking, stop-motion animation and digital video production at Self Help Graphics in Boyle Heights.

Eligibility Requirements:

Resident of L.A. County
Students in 5th-12th grade
Some programs have more specific age requirements (i.e. high school youth)
APPLY: Fill out the online application form. If you are applying for multiple programs, you only need to fill out the form once; just make sure to specify all programs you are interested in. The deadline to complete the form is October 4th, however admission for several programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should try to complete the form as soon as possible.

California Arts Education Association

This webpage links you to a number of other art education resources for lesson plans, assessment ideas, and more!

Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program

Deadline: October 8, 2015

The Center Theatre Group Student Ambassador Program is for high school students who are curious about the arts and want to build leadership and teamwork skills. Student Ambassadors work with theater professionals and with one another on exciting projects to involve more young people in the Los Angeles arts community. This year’s ambassadors will work on one of four teams: Arts Education; Arts Advocacy; Community Engagement; and Young Artist Recognition. This is a six-month, approximately 60-hour program, including regularly scheduled meetings as well as occasional evening and weekend events. A $500 stipend will be provided upon completion of the program; students can also choose to receive community service / volunteer credit instead. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program; however, free parking is available in the Music Center garage, and a Metro pass will be provided to participants who use public transit. See the program FAQ for more information.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Arts-interested high school students ages 13-18
  • Resident of L.A. County
  • No previous leadership or theater experience required

APPLY: Download the online application and submit in person or via email.

Grammy Camp

Deadline: Early Decision – October 22 (10% off tuition cost); Regular – March 31

GRAMMY Camp is a week-long, music industry program for students interested in pursuing a career in music. Students can apply for a number of different career tracks, like songwriting, audio engineering, music journalism and video production. (See the camp website for a full list of programs.) Campers participate in intensive workshops, meet industry professionals, visit cool music sites and collaborate on projects together. Tuition is $2,200 for the week-long program; however financial assistance is available to students with demonstrated need. For more information, see the GRAMMY Camp FAQ.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 9-12

APPLY: Applications for GRAMMY Camp 2016 will be available online beginning in August. Applicants submit an application form and video essay. In addition, each career track has supplemental application requirements. With the application fee of $25, students can apply for as many career tracks as they want; however, they will only be able to participate in one if they are accepted. Students interested in a scholarship should also have a parent or guardian complete the online Financial Assistance form.

Incredible Art Department

The oldest art education website out there, Incredible Art Department provides a vast array of resources, from lesson plans and art curriculum to examples of exemplary art education and an “Art Teacher Toolkit.”

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Not only is The Getty an excellent field trip destination, but their education department provides a variety of high quality resources to explore the arts within your classroom. On their website, you can access Common Core-aligned lessons as well as get tips for incorporating art-based lessons into your curriculum.

The Music Center

The Music Center Spotlight Program

Deadline: October 19, 2015

Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed scholarship and arts training program for high school students in the performing arts. Applying to Spotlight gives you the chance to attend master classes with professional artists in your chosen discipline, participate in the Spotlight Academy, have a live audition experience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and win cash scholarships of up to $5,000. Students can apply to Spotlight in the following categories: acting, ballet, classical instrumental, classical voice, jazz instrumental, non-classical dance and non-classical voice. For more information, see the Spotlight FAQ or email

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Southern California high school student who attends a public, private, parochial, online or home school, completing high school curriculum (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Riverside or San Bernardino counties)

APPLY: Access the online application form here. Application includes audition video. (SeeCategory Rules for specific audition video requirements for each program.) Applicants advancing to the second and semi-final rounds audition live.

Venice Arts Advanced Studies Internship

Deadline: Rolling; first-come, first-available basis

The Venice Arts Internship Program was created to provide talented, responsible low-income teenagers enrolled in Venice Arts Advanced Studies programs an opportunity to learn about the education, experience, and skills required to work in creative industries. This career development training program includes internship placements at Venice Arts and in a creative business in the local area. An interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the arts, or working in a creative field, is not a requirement for participation: simply a commitment to your own learning and growth! For more information, see the program overview and application form, or contact Brigid McCaffrey at (310) 392-0846.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 14-18 years of age
  • Be from a low-income family, as determined at registration
  • Have participated for at least one session in Venice Arts’ Advanced Studies Track
  • Have demonstrated responsibility (for example, regularly attended your workshops at Venice Arts, helped with exhibits or class set-up, etc.)
  • Show a spirit of initiative
  • Are available to intern at least 4 hours per week after school
  • Have the approval of your parent/guardian

APPLY: Download the application form and instructions online. Application can be emailed, mailed or dropped off in person.

Armory Center for the Arts *

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available; Metro program eligible

Registration: Contact Field Trip Coordinator, Tricia Garcia at or (626) 792-5101 x140

Location: Pasadena (map)

The Armory Center originated as the education department of the Pasadena Art Museum in 1947. Today, it offers 20,000 square feet of space for galleries, workshops, studios and performances. K-12 field trips are offered 9:30-11:30 AM Tuesday-Friday. Teaching Artists lead students on a tour of our contemporary exhibitions and into the studio to create hands-on art projects. Prior to the visit, teachers receive an Armory Education Packet with images, discussion topics, and activities. For more information and to book, contact the Field Trip Coordinator.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Fowler Museum at UCLA offers two professional development opportunities geared towards K-12 educators. A nominal fee is charged, usually $45-$75.


ARTalk is a series of interdisciplinary, humanities-based workshops designed to enrich, refresh, and recharge K-12 educators. Using the Museum’s unique collections as catalysts, teachers are engaged in direct learning through dialogues with scholars, guest artists, and colleagues. Museum educators model exhibition-based lesson plans and art-making activities.

All ARTalk workshops are linked to state and district standards and are approved by the Salary Point Unit of Los Angeles Unified School District. Teachers are eligible to receive one or two multicultural general or specific salary point credits, depending on the course requirements. Teachers from other districts will receive a certificate verifying professional development hours.

These workshops are held once per quarter and are announced in their e-news. Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive emails about ARTalk.

Summer Institutions

Each summer, the Fowler Museum holds a weeklong professional development course for educators that focuses on particular topics related to exhibitions and the museum’s collections.  It allows for teachers to join other teachers in in-depth explorations and study of the arts and humanities.

Through lectures by guest speakers, art-making projects, field trips to other cultural institutions and sites in Los Angeles , and the exploration of objects at the Fowler with trained educators, teachers have ample time to develop fresh curricula for the coming year.

LAUSD teachers who complete the Summer Institute can earn 2 salary points for their participation.

Space is limited to 25 participants.  Sign up for their e-newsletter to receive emails about Summer Institutions.

The Getty Museum and Villa

Learn about the collections at both the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa through one-day workshops or longer in-depth trainings.  All Teacher Professional Developments programs are FREE, including validated parking.

Keep checking their website for updates or sign up for their e-news to receive emails about upcoming events. 

inquiryCreate + Connect: Teacher Workshops
In these workshops, K–12 teachers are immersed in one aspect of the Getty Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, while learning specific ways to incorporate works of art into their classroom teaching. Workshops include hands-on art-making activities and lectures, tours, or small-group discussions with Getty Museum staff.

Creative at the Core: Art & Literacy across the K–5 Curriculum
In this five-day summer seminar, K–5 teachers will explore how to use art to invigorate their teaching practice and address Common Core literacy standards.  Through activities in the galleries, small-group discussions, and hands-on activities, you’ll discover new tools to strengthen literacy across the visual art, language arts, science, and history/social studies curricula.

Art and Language Arts
This free one-year program introduces K–5 teachers to meaningful and engaging strategies for developing students’ skills in language and visual arts. Through workshops, seminars, and hands-on activities led by Museum educators and curators, you’ll discover new tools to help your students think creatively, write successfully, and create inspiring works of art.

Teaching with the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

In this free, full-day workshop on August 1, 2016, participants will explore the landmark Getty exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Educators will tour the exhibition; learn about Buddhism and conservation science with scientists, curators, and educators; and collaborate with Summer Institute on China teachers to generate classroom-ready lessons and activities for implementation in their own teaching. Each participant will also receive materials for use in the classroom.

Registration will open May 3, 2016.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA offers on-site professional development for teachers and online resources to download.  Visit their teachers resources page here.

Evenings for Educators
educatorsTickets are $15 per event and $55 for a season pass. Purchase tickets online or at the door. Programs are held on selected Tuesdays from 4:30–8:30 pm with complimentary parking.

Evenings for Educators is a professional development program that presents K-12 teachers with opportunities to look, learn, create, and connect with colleagues. Featuring LACMA’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, each program presents strategies to incorporate the visual arts into the classroom with activities that explore the artistic process, approach works of art as primary sources, and emphasize the parallels between the visual arts and core content areas. Educators attend lectures by a museum curator or scholar as well as participate in gallery tours, discussions, and artist-led workshops.

LAUSD teachers can apply for one salary point. Attendance of all four sessions and completion of a homework assignment is required. Registration takes place at the October session.


CAS-previsit-fall2012MOCA believes in the importance of rigorous and playful opportunities that support teachers’ development as learners themselves in addition to providing creative curricular materials and teaching strategies for the classroom. MOCA aims to energize and inspire creativity in teachers with their professional development opportunities. Prices vary with events.

Contemporary Art Start (CAS)

Contemporary Art Start (CAS) is a yearlong visual art and thinking skills program for 3rd-12thgrade classrooms across Los Angeles County, with specialized tracks of professional development for 3rd-5th grade teachers and secondary interdisciplinary teams. Carefully aligned with the Common Core standards, CAS consists of 4 interconnected program elements that make a sustained impact during program enrollment and beyond:

  • extensive professional development both at MOCA and in the classroom (2 LAUSD salary points)
  • two class visits to MOCA, led by MOCA’s staff educators (1:10 staff to student ratio)
  • a sequenced, discussion-based classroom curriculum
  • family involvement opportunities throughout the year, including quarterly Sunday Studio programs and unlimited-use family passes for students

CAS targets visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skill development by training teachers to effectively use Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a rigorous, inquiry-based discussion method, with carefully chosen works of art. With practice and coaching within the context of a supportive peer network, teachers also explore how VTS supports learning across the curriculum.

Sign up
MOCA is accepting applications for CAS 2016-17 on a first-come, first-served basis now through May 20, 2016.

​CAS for 3rd-5th Grade
Teachers sign up in pairs from the same school.

​​CAS for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams​
Middle and high school teachers sign up in interdisciplinary teams of 2-5 members; one participant must be a visual art teacher.

FEE: $110 per teacher. Schools pay for fall bus; MOCA pays for spring bus.
INFO: 213-621-1706 or

CAS-studioproject-Fall2012Programs for art educators

​Think, Sync & Drink

Recharge each September and January with fellow K-12 art teachers and teachers-in-training. Take in timely, crowd-sourced presentations by fellow educators, mingle and network over drinks and light eats, explore MOCA’s exhibitions, and collectively generate the theme for the next Think, Sync & Drink event.

Next event:
The Expanded Classroom
September 24, 5:30-9pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

How can art move beyond the walls of the art room, extending students’ ideas and actions more deeply into schools, communities, and the world of contemporary art practice? Join art teachers from across Los Angeles for an energizing evening of art, networking, and ideas from your colleagues exploring the concept of the conceptually and technologically expanded classroom.

FREE but spacCAS_Core_SeanMe limited
Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres

Workshops at Your School

​MOCA comes to you! We provide 1-2 hour, interactive workshops for school faculties to introduce MOCA programs and explore how looking at and thinking about art supports the Common Core standards.

INFO: 213/621-1706 or


The Skirball Cultural Center

The Skirball Cultural Center provides hands-on workshops focusing on ways to integrate the arts and world cultures into classroom curricula, sharpening teaching skills, and deepening knowledge of current social issues in order to create a community of learners with like-minded educators.

Teaching Our World Through the Arts
This course prepares K– 12 teachers to integrate film, dance, visual arts, architecture, theater, and music into core curriculum. Arts-based learning cultivates deeper engagement and participation among students, and offers teachers a variety of unique and exciting tools and techniques to bring learning to life. Coursework includes classroom workshops, gallery tours, and live performances at the Skirball, along with collaborative lesson planning and resource sharing.

The course is divided into four strands. Teachers are welcome to sign up for a single strand or any combination of up to four strands. Each strand consists of four full-day Saturdays of training. In addition, Multiple LAUSD salary points are available for participating teachers. Details available upon registration.

Any one strand (four classes): $80
Any combination of two strands (eight classes): $120
Any combination of three strands (twelve classes) $165
All four strands (sixteen classes): $200
* Schools that send three or more staff will receive a 50% reduction in course fees for each participant (this offer excludes single class registration).

Teaching Through Storytelling

For K–Grade 5 teachers
Tuesday, June 21–Thursday, June 23, 2016
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

$100 per person for all three days (includes light breakfast and program materials)
Limited space; advance registration required

Storytelling has the power to enliven your classroom curriculum and to inspire students to develop creative modes of communication and collaboration. The award-winning Noah’s Ark at the Skirball™ and Visions and Values will serve as platforms for exploring the craft of storytelling through movement, music, and theater arts.

In this three-day workshop:

Participate in hands-on, artist-led workshops.
Design interdisciplinary lessons that support language arts, social studies, math, and science curricula.
Build lasting relationships with a community of like-minded educators.
Earn 1 LAUSD salary point; details available upon registration.