Doodles Academy

Using Curriculum to Create Change

About us:

At our core, we offer exceptional visual art curricula that provides outlets 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.

Within our projects we offer resources to connect literacy and social studies content, often offer video tutorials, and connect to contemporary as well as classic artworks. We maintain a list of diverse artists to be talked about and integrated into subject areas, and a blog discussing different pedagogical strategies. Finally, we work directly with schools, districts, and other curriculum providers to build, expand, and improve their art options.

Quality Curriculum

Art Integration

Better Together

We support Art teachers as they present their students with an intentionally diverse and intellectually rich visual art curriculum that is deeply integrated with opportunities to connect with and build on topics and conversations happening in other subject areas.

We support classroom teachers as they integrate art into their classrooms, encouraging the development of creative thought in all subject areas, and gaining the ability to visually see and connect with the learning being done.

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that art-rich schools show benefits for children academically, along with improvements in behavior and attendance.

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 Subscription Series

A project subscription series + supportive community platform. The series is built towards engaging elementary students in conversations and projects that are complex, cross-curricular, engage with many viewpoints, and which build a deeper understanding of the world and the people in it.

Project Library

All of our projects in one place, with search functionality.

Doodles At Home

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

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.

“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.

Representation 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. 

Donate today, Impact Forever. 

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


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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