Doodles Academy

Leveraging art as a tool for learning.

About us

Our exceptional art curricula provides an outlet for young learners to develop and express their individuality while expanding their knowledge of the world and the diverse group of people they share it with.

We support teachers in providing a quality art education that connects to and builds knowledge around core subject areas regardless of where or what they teach.

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Our Programs:

Art & Literacy Curriculum

• A free, grade-aligned curriculum, connected to content rich literacy topics, and including video lessons to support classroom teachers as they integrate art with their ELA curriculum.

Outside the Lines Magazine

A virtual magazine put out seven times a year, supporting educators as they build powerful units of artistic study.

Doodles At Home

Our curriculum, adapted for students who are studying at home and need to access the content independently. Free to access.

Original Curriculum

Our original curriculum, free to access with video content and standards-aligned materials.

We embrace a choice based philosophy– no follow-the-teacher prompts.

Our curricular philosophy embraces unique and individual art projects rather than step-by-step tutorials. Too much art education revolves around projects that focus on product and not on process, erasing student individuality. Our content is designed to allow students to tell their own stories and to create highly individual art projects. 

images from the project ‘A Toy’s Story’

Our content is flexible enough to support and adapt to any teaching situation.

Our online content includes video demonstrations and thorough lesson plans that teachers can make their own, meaning our projects can be run by teachers who have never picked up a paintbrush as well as experienced art teachers who want to focus on their students rather than planning.

Our magazine embraces flexible materials, and offers suggestions for adapting the content and ideas to different teaching situations.

“Students knew they had the latitude to add their own personal touches. This led to each piece feeling unique and individualistic.

Mr. Grossman

5th Grade Teacher; Reno, Nevada

My students love art and are very artistic, but I am not an artist or art teacher and I would be totally lost trying to teach art on my own.

Ms. Howland-Bolton

5th Grade Teacher; Detroit, MI

“The videos taught so much! […] All kids were proud of their finished product.”

Mrs. D'Amelio; 1st Grade Teacher; Anacortes, WA

We design through a holistic approach that deeply integrates art with other subject areas and builds skills inside AND outside the art room.

We deepen engagement and build knowledge around classroom subjects by aligning our content with commonly used themes and subjects. We do this to support art teachers in aligning their content to the core content taught at their school, as well as classroom teachers who are bringing art to students in their contained classroom. Opportunities for critical thinking, group discussion, and student presentations are built into every lesson.

Represenation is important- we prioritize diverse artists & inclusive content

All of our content is built with the intention of showing students that there is more than one way to think about and address topics and creative problems. Rather than sticking to a traditional cannon of representation, we incorporate lots of art examples that are represenative of lots of different types of people, communities, and ideas. With our magazine, we directly connect with the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. 

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The skills students learn in the arts lead to lifelong success. 

 

Educators Used Us in 2020. You can help us reach even more classrooms and students during 2021.

Innovative Programming

We are an online  art curriculum–one that supports students in creating their own authentic artworks, and is adaptable to allow teachers to put their unique spin on the learning experience for their students

Large Reach.

Through our virtual distribution, we are able to reach more students in more locations. We work towards closing the opportunity gap by making sure that our curriculum is easy to implement whether or not educators have a background in the arts.

Doodles Academy is a 501(c)3

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN: 47-4434306.

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until Issue 5 of our virtual magazine is released!


In this issue, we explore the question,

"How do you develop the skills to become a hero?"

A hero is someone who defends a moral cause without expectation of reward, knowing there is a personal risk. It's a common misconception that heroes are innately destined to be that way. Recent research has confirmed that by developing heroic habits in everyday life, one is more likely to act heroic in situations where heroism is called for. By conceiving of heroism as a universal attribute of human nature, not as a feature of the few 'heroic elect', it becomes a skill we can develop both in ourselves and the kids in our charge.

In this issue, Students enroll in 'hero training'. Throughout the first three key ideas they are able to earn badges for different 'heroic habits'. For a final prompt, they choose a member from their community that is an exemplar of at least one of the heroic habits they have studied, and they create a custom badge for them. As they move through the unit, students are exposed to examples of heroes, artworks which explore the concept of heroism, are involved in discussion and reflection, and ultimately use art as a vessel in which to practice heroic habits and earn their badges.

Find out more about the subscription here.