Is the harsh reality of teaching living up to your hopeful dreams?
Do you remember the passion and dedication that led you to teaching? On our mission to transform our students’ lives for the better, teachers run into huge challenges…
- Students don’t seem to care. Blank stares, no raised hands, late work. Then, at the end of the year, they throw away their artworks on their way out the door.
- Parents and administrators don’t think art matters, so they don’t support you, back you up, or give you a proper budget. Even your fellow teachers see you as nothing more than a supplies closet or the maker of all posters and banners.
- You feel like you’re spinning all the plates you can, but something is still missing. You want your students to love art and connect with art. You want to change their lives with art. But you don’t know where to start.
- You want your art class to be more than just crafts. You want to infuse your lessons with meaning and the deep social-emotional learning that you know your students need. But how?
- You became a teacher because you wanted to do work that matters, but now you’re tired, burnt out, and overwhelmed. You want to love teaching and be excited to go to school each day, but that feels impossible.
Energize, Engage, and Inspire your Students with the Power of Art Connection
- CONNECT with your students through artworks that reflect their diverse lives and broaden their understanding of the world
- TEACH thoughtful and inspiring lessons that get them engaged and KEEP them engaged
- DEVELOP authentic and meaningful art projects that are more than copycat crafts
- MOTIVATE the students who come into your classroom thinking that art doesn’t matter or that art is not for them
- GAIN confidence in your teaching and your own connection to artists and artworks so that you can deliver “Teacher of the Year” worthy lessons every day
How Liz took advantage of the Curated Connections Library to inspire students and save time
As a middle and high school art teacher, Liz struggled to create lessons that focused on art connection. There weren’t enough hours in the day for everything she wanted to do because of everything she had to do.
With the Curated Connections Library, she doesn’t have to spend hours researching artists and artworks and trying to fit them into her plans. Now, she has everything she needs at her fingertips!
Superpower your teaching with flexible SPARKworks lessons
Our signature SPARKworks lessons will change the way you teach. Every SPARKworks lesson is built around an artwork. We choose art from across time and cultures, so you can fill your classroom with diverse perspectives and voices. Then, we give you everything you need to teach a complete lesson.
The best part? You choose how you use them!
- Want a complete lesson that’s ready to teach?
- Ready to have meaningful classroom art discussions around a certain theme or art period?
Your questions are ready and your artworks are filterable.
- Need project ideas that are inspired by artworks but flexible enough to fit your classroom supplies and needs?
You got it!
- Wish you didn’t have to spend so much time researching and making presentations and worksheets?
It’s all done for you.
- Need a quick video that discusses an individual artwork?
Each new SPARKworks lesson includes a video!
With SPARKworks, you choose the artwork that will excite and interest your students. Curate your curriculum and customize the lessons to fit your needs and how you like to teach.
SPARKworks lessons are at the heart of what we do. These are quality resources that you can use year after year, but with the emphasis on student connection and interaction, the lesson will never be the same twice!
Your students will bring their knowledge and experience to every discussion, activity, and project. You get to make meaningful connections with your students while they will truly, deeply connect with art in a way that will stay with them for a lifetime.
With a Museum Level membership, your SPARKworks lessons are even more powerful. You can save your favorite lessons, write notes to yourself, leave comments for other art teachers, and more!
175+ SPARKworks Lessons: Our signature, ready-to go lessons that include everything you need to incorporate a new artwork into your classroom each week, every week. New lessons are released each month! Each one includes:
Lesson Plan with discussion questions, talking points, learning styles, multiple activities, and art projects
PowerPoint with the artwork, discussion questions, artist/cultural information, and location where the art was created and where it currently resides
NEW! New SPARKworks lessons now include separate lesson plans for elementary and middle/high school as well as videos about the artwork you can share with your students! Plus, worksheets are now available in Google as well as PDF and Word formats.
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Flexibility, Confidence, Engagement: What You Get as a Member of The Curated Connections Library
The Curated Connections Library is a membership program committed to providing inspiring connections to art that increase student engagement, empower teachers, and provide quality and innovative teaching resources while saving the time, energy, and brainpower of art teachers across the globe.
NEW! The SPARK Hybrid Curriculum is now a part of the Curated Connections Library. We’ve taken all the best parts of SPARK and combined them with our signature SPARKworks monthly bundles. The flexibility and convenience of SPARK is now included in your membership!
175+ SPARKworks Lessons:Our signature, ready-to go lessons that include everything you need to incorporate artworks into your classroom. They’re flexible and detailed, so you can use them in the way that works best for you—a weekly lesson, a fresh way to teach artistic concepts, an introduction to new art projects, as classroom art discussions, et cetera!
Curated Curriculum Guides:Guided thematic units, using the Curated Connections Framework. From aesthetics to art criticism to cultural art, and more, you’ll have your classroom-ready art appreciation curriculum in hand to make the most of your membership.
The Art Appreciation Master Class:A crash course in everything you need to develop the confidence and skill to curate powerful art connections with your students.
BONUS - 30+ Hours of Professional Development Courses and Webinars:Learn how to WOW your students (and admins!) with innovative teaching strategies and discussion techniques.
BONUS - 300+ Art Criticism, Aesthetics, and Art History Teaching Materials:Ditch the boring lecture with these student-focused, activity-driven lessons that get kids talking, thinking, and moving.
Teachers like you are motivating students and loving these exciting lessons
About Cindy Ingram, Art Class Curator
Hi! I’m Cindy Ingram, the creator of Art Class Curator and The Curated Connections Library.
I have the awkward habit of crying in front of artworks, and I want the rest of the world to do it too. This noble quest has culminated in the creation of Art Class Curator, where I share how to creatively teach art appreciation and art history in a way that will spark a lifelong personal connection to art.
I have more than twenty years of experience in schools, museums, and non-profit organizations. I have an MA in Art Education and a BA in Art History. In addition to working in museums and teacher professional development, I have had the privilege of teaching art in the classroom to all grades–elementary to college.
I’ve been there, from the sleepless nights scrolling through the internet to binge-watching art history videos to prepare for my next class. I’ve done the work—crafted the lessons, tested them with students, and tweaked the plans to perfection—all so you don’t have to.
To date, I have not yet made any of my students cry (knowingly), but there’s still time.
Frequently Asked Questions
The membership contains over 175 SPARKworks lessons. These are engaging learning experiences centered around a work of art that focus on student connection through classroom discussions, interactive art connection activities, engaging videos, AND authentic art projects that are customizable to what you’re teaching and the supplies you have on hand.
Our mission is to help make art a meaningful part of every student’s life. Our resources are engaging and fun, filled with social-emotional learning, cross-curricular connections, deep conversations, and thoughtful play. We don’t believe in dry lectures, boring art history facts, or cookie-cutter crafts.
With the Curated Connections Library, your students will truly connect with works of art and make art that is meaningful to them.
You won’t just focus on the dead white guys in your art class this year. The Curated Connections Library includes artworks by artists from across time and culture. Sure, we cover some of the classics. But art is so much more, and the Curated Connections Library reflects that.
To give you an idea of the diversity of artworks in the membership, you’ll get lessons on 48+ artworks made by women artists and 50+ contemporary artworks. From art by indigenous people to African art to contemporary Chinese digital art, you will find an amazing assortment of captivating and complex artworks to explore with your students.
When we choose art for the membership, we use the 4 Cs.
- Is the artwork captivating–does it immediately draw you in and make you want to learn more?
- Is the artwork communicative–does it have a message, meaning, or narrative that is accessible to students?
- Is it complex–does it allow for multiple interpretations?
- Is it connected–can students find personal connections through their interests, cultures, and more?
Choosing the right art for the right lesson is a hard and time-consuming task, but the Curated Connections Library makes it easy with indexing, filtering, and bookmarking capabilities built in!
You don’t need to have all the answers! Our methods are focused on student interaction and art connection. Artworks become a part of a student’s life when they find meaning in them, not when they learn a bunch of dates and dry facts. Plus, we’ve done the research for you. You’ll have all the talking points you need to feel prepared and confident!
With our Art Appreciation Master Class (which is included in the Museum membership), you’ll learn all the skills you need to facilitate powerful art connections for your students—from in-depth classroom discussions, to engaging activities, and thoughtful art projects, and beyond!
Our resources are made to be flexible and customizable. Whether you want a full curriculum that’s classroom-tested and ready to go or you’re looking to add more artwork connections to your already awesome lessons, the Curated Connections Library is right for you.
SPARKworks lessons are focused on student interaction and connection. In addition to all the activities, discussion questions, etc, each one includes project ideas for art-making, but they are flexible enough to be used with almost any media. Teaching a class that’s all photography or ceramics? Every SPARKworks lesson you teach can include a project in that medium (even if the lesson artwork is in a different medium).
You have the choice to give your students firm directions or allow them the freedom of choice, so the Library works whether you prefer TAB or have a more traditional setup.
However you teach, the Curated Connections Library will work for you.
We know the value of a teacher’s dollar. We’ve all spent money on disappointing downloads that we never used or had to edit so much we might as well have made our own.
The Curated Connections Library is different.
Ongoing support. In-depth, on-demand training. New lessons every month.
The Museum membership gives you all that for little more than a dollar a day.
With the Gallery membership, you’re getting 4 new SPARKworks every month for just $4.75 each! (That’s less than the price of some of those crappy worksheets on TpT.)
Your time is worth it. Your students are worth it.
You are worth it, because you deserve to change lives without sacrificing yours.
There are two membership options. Both are available as yearly or monthly memberships. If you buy yearly, you get an extra discount!
Gallery membership gives you access to 4 new SPARKworks lessons each month for $27/mo or $249/year.
Museum membership gives you access to the entire Curated Connections Library for $47/mo or $449/year, which includes:
- 4 new SPARKworks lessons each month
- Filterable and indexed collection of 175+ SPARKworks lessons
- Ability to comment, save personal notes, and share your experiences with other curator teachers like you
- Curated Curriculum Guides: Themed Units and all the Lesson Resources You Need
- The Art Appreciation Master Class + Creating Curated Connections, and more Online PD Videos and Courses
- Hundreds of Art Appreciation and Criticism Worksheets and Activities
- BONUS: Comprehensive Vault of Art Criticism, Aesthetics, and Art History Resources – Over 300 downloads
- BONUS: 25+ Hours of Professional Development Courses and Webinars
- BONUS: Ancient Art Around the World, Online Course (Value $169)
You can cancel at any time, and you will have access to the materials up until your next billing date.
The Curated Connections Library has content for all grade levels. Because our lessons are student-centered and discussion-based, they are easily adapted to a higher or a lower level and have been taught at all levels k-college.
All new SPARKworks lessons include separate lesson plans for both elementary and middle/high school.
If you have questions about whether or not this resource will work for you, please reach out to me by email or schedule a 1-on-1 call.
If you join and find it doesn’t suit your needs for your classroom, we’re happy to refund you within 30 days–no questions asked!
There’s no need! It’s available to you right from the start.
Gallery members have access to new SPARKworks lessons for a full month once they are released. New SPARKworks are released on the first Monday of each month. Everything is downloadable, but once new SPARKworks lessons are up, previous lessons are only available to Museum members.
Yes! All of the PowerPoints, quizzes, worksheets, etc. are provided in editable formats. You will need Microsoft Office to open the documents as most of the downloads are in Word and PowerPoint formats. We’ve used fonts that are available on both Mac and PC, so everything will be formatted correctly and ready to use when you need it.
Documents are also provided in PDF format to make for quick and easy printing.
Uses Google Classroom? SPARKworks documents are also available in Google for easy sharing with your students.
Please note, memberships are licensed per teacher. Due to copyright law, resources cannot be shared with teachers who are not members of the Curated Connections Library.
If you are not satisfied with your membership, we are happy to refund the full amount of your purchase within the first 30 days, no questions asked. Simply contact us using the form at this link or reply to any of our emails.
WHAT OTHER TEACHERS ARE SAYING...
My Promise to You
If this sounds like a good fit for you, and you’re ready to make the investment in yourself and your students, I promise you that The Curated Connections Library will create the art connections you’ve been longing for in your classroom.
In fact, I guarantee it!
Download the resources, try out the lessons, watch the trainings. See all that we have in store for you in The Curated Connections Library. If you are still not completely blown away with the hundreds of art lessons, trainings, and helpful classroom downloads, we are happy to refund the full amount of your purchase within the first 30 days of your membership, no questions asked.