Debi Davis, Art Educator, headshot

Debi Davis, B.F.A., M.A.Ed.
Arts Education Administrator

The Art Talks are a chance to appreciate current artwork on display at the Turner Center. An artist and one piece of art is selected from each new gallery exhibit. Lessons are then developed that focus on that specific artist/piece. The first lesson is presented in the art classroom (k-12). Here, students are introduced to the artwork, and learn about the artist through artist statements and bios. Questions are asked regarding the work: How does it make you feel? What are the Elements of Art in the piece of work? The second lesson is held in the galleries at the center where careful attention is paid to the original art. It’s compared to the digital images students saw the previous day, and a discussion of the Elements of Art is directly related to the original artwork. The final lesson is completed at school where the experience is discussed in terms of which was better — the digital image or the original art. What sort of educational background do you need to work in an art center?  Why do art centers show artwork? What is the point of showing art?

For more information on Art Talks, please contact Debi Davis at [email protected], or call 229.247.2787, x143.

Additional Resources

Tool Kit Information

WEB BASED TOOLKIT – Turner Center for the Arts
An annotated listing of online resources for art teachers, art students, and docents.

Americans for the Arts – Arts Education – supports the need for arts education in the public schools, blogs, forms, literature, etc.
Art Babble – listing of art themes, media, periods and styles, locations, people, and much more
Art Education 2.0 – connecting art educations around the globe, sign-up for a free Ning account to participate, art educators sharing what they do and what they know
Arts Edge – the Kennedy Center for the Arts – national standards, lesson plans, collections and media
Art History Teaching Resources – a resource for teaching art history including lesson plans, video introductions to museums, book reviews, and classroom activities
California Art Education Association – Art Education Resources – huge listing of resources ranging from assessment to lesson plans – some of the links may not work
Educational Technology Clearinghouse – featuring fifteen links to a wide variety of art education resources
Georgia Arts Network – sign-up for the free quarterly newsletter, provides handbooks for arts advocacy and Arts Education
Georgia Council for the Arts – supports art education programs, provides grants for projects, research on the state of art education in the state of Georgia, check out Arts Links, publications, articles, and arts opportunities as well
Google Arts and Culture – features artists’ lives, art adventures, street art, extraordinary exhibition, and more
The Incredible Art Department – features art lesson plans for all age groups, art gallery, art news, art resources, and art teacher toolkit
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Educators – features K-12 Educator Programs, lesson plans, and curriculum resources
Modern Museum of Art (MoMA) – brings NYC to your fingertips with online learning, online collection, and exhibitions
National Art Education Association/Georgia Art Education Association – by becoming a member, you’ll have access to a myriad of lessons, materials, ideas, resources, and a community of likeminded art educations

  • National Art Education Association – Art Education Resources Guide – materials, media, and informative articles
  • National Art Education Association – Community Connections and much more
  • National Art Education Association – Learning – features monthly lesson plans and links to past lesson plans

National Gallery of Art – NGA Kids and National Gallery of Art – NGA Teachers – features lessons and activities, teacher packets, and videos, plus loan materials
National Endowment for the Arts – Arts Education grants, information, free publications, and more
Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery – Education Resources – art, art history, language arts, history, and other disciplines connected through artworks in the Smithsonian
Student Art Guide – Free Art Teacher Resources – art resources for middle and high school art teachers – includes printable worksheets, with visual examples and videos for a variety of disciplines
The Art of Education – blogs and articles ranging from classroom management, organization to creativity and uses for technology
Twelve Part Color Wheel – interactive webpage with a variety of color schemes using Itten’s color wheel
Teacher Vision – Art Resources for Teachers – connects art with other disciplines in the curriculum through interdisciplinary lesson plans
Twelve Part Color Wheel – interactive webpage with a variety of color schemes using Itten’s color wheel

Lesson Plan Sources
School Specialty
Denver Art Museum
Doodles Academy
Blick Art Supply
Lesson Planet

Feldman’s 4 Steps to Art Criticism

Visual Thinking Strategies–2

Method & Curriculum

Postmodernist Art

Elements of Art
National Gallery of Art – Lessons on Elements
The National Gallery also offers artist/movements DVD for loan – however the few previews I saw were not very entertaining. Lessons are marked K-4 but most of it can be used as is or adapted slightly to reach the upper grades.
This YouTube video is very interesting but may need to read the terms as they appear since they are not read out loud in the video.