There’s an excellent set of resources for K-12 art teachers on North Carolina’s Museum of Art ArtNC site. The works of art provided illustrate some of the ways artists communicate stories through a visual language of color, line, shape and pattern. Each piece is accompanied by the artist’s and artwork’s background information.

The emphasis is on having students analyze a work of art in much the same way as they analyze what they read – by visualizing, determining importance, making connections, inferring, questioning and synthesizing, To that end, the site provide a unique set of tools for concept mapping and lesson plan collaboration. Teachers can easily use the artwork as a launching point for art concepts and cross-curricular lessons in history, song, dance, math, and more.