the Lines

An ongoing series of projects that uses art to thread together cross-content ideas and themes in an irresistibly engaging manner.

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“One issue, America is Hard to See, not only helped me teach students to embrace unique differences but they have also carried pride in their heritage into projects in following years!”


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“When I got issue 2, it was jaw-droppingly perfect. Honestly, it was magnificent! I value the way it used scaffolded lessons throughout the unit. I also appreciate the high quality, contemporary artwork associations that are directly related the lessons without being the typical “see how they did this, now you do it” project.”

Introducing Outside the Lines, our project subscription series!

How would you like to have a stream of ready-to-teach art lessons delivered to your inbox, all year long?

Each Outside the Lines project pack features irresistibly engaging art lessons that will help you:

  • Deliver a standards-aligned, high-quality, and irresistibly engaging art experience!
  • Create space for your students to express themselves freely rather than follow cookie-cutter instructions
  • Empower your students in their academic and personal lives by supporting other subjects and teaching invaluable 21st-century life skills
  • Embrace global citizenship by exposing them to a wide diversity of cultures and ideas

Each Outside the Lines project pack is designed around an essential question that guides the entire pack. These are big, interesting, and meaty questions that provide lots to think over, discuss, and make art about.

You’ll find: 

  • Background information around the core topic/essential question
  • Diverse artworks and artist biographies for reflection and discussion
  • Exciting art projects with flexible material choices

You’ll also receive these supports:

  • Discussion prompts and assessment strategies
  • Direct links to core content areas
  • Linking to the Teaching Tolerance Standards
  • Spanish translations of student handouts.

See an example: 


Option 1: Download Samples


For each issue, you can download the entire first key idea for free (each project pack has four key ideas). More than just a visual sample, this offers ready-to-teach content.

To access, scroll down to the archive and click ‘Download a Sample’.

Option 2: Purchase individual project packs


You can purchase individual copies of any of the project packs. Each project pack includes an essential question and four key ideas so you can see how they work together.

To access, scroll down to the archive, choose your project pack, and click ‘Add to Cart’

Option 3: Subscribe

$24.99 annually

You can access our entire archive (that’s 36 ready to teach projects!) + receive fresh content throughout the year.

To subscribe, sign up via the subscription page by clicking here

If you need financial support, please see our commitment to access at the bottom of the page. 

 Outside the Lines archive:

#9: Frame of Reference

What does it mean to be a historical fact? read more

#8: Fashion & Culture

How does clothing represent aspects of self and culture? read more

#7: Community Connection

What is a community? read more

#6: Where Do We Go From Here?

How can communities adapt in the age of climate change? read more

#5: Heroes Among Us

How do you develop the skills to become a hero? read more

#4: The Introspective Artist

How can we use art to better understand ourselves and our unique experiences? read more

#3: A Place in Space

What is our relationship with the buildings and spaces that surround us? read more

#2: America is Hard to See

What does it mean to be an American? read more

#1: A Portrait in Time

How do artists create art that communicates their experience? read more

Our Commitment to Access: 

We are committed to reducing barriers to access and offer many discounts & scholarships. Find out if you are eligible by using the form below. If you are not eligible, you can use our affiliate program to discount (or completely comp) your yearly subscription. You can find out more about that program here. Questions? Email sales@doodles-academy.org

A HUGE thank you to our Patrons; businesses whose support allows us to develop and guarantee access to the 2022-23 series of Outside the Lines: 

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Our second annual Give With HeART Student Art Contest will close on midnight Eastern on Sunday, 12/04! 

There are a couple ways that you can participate: 

  • Submit artworks by students using Doodles Lessons (aged 5-11) that you have made with your class (link here​) 
  • Encourage students to attend a live art-making event with their caregivers (registration here​) 

Either way, if they win YOU win! Amongst their prizes, they'll receive a $150 gift card to Blick – for their class.