About Creativity Resource For Teachers

Welcome to Denver Art Museums Creativity Resource for Teachers website! Here you will find unique and innovative ways to meet the needs of your students – from the early childhood education level through high school, whether they are in public, private or homeschool environments.

With the world-class Denver Art Museum collection to share, and adaptable lessons plans designed by teachers for teachers, Creativity Resource offers a rich and trustworthy source of tools that inspire teachers and make it easy for them to meet educational standards in creative ways.

What is Creativity Resource?


Watch this video to learn how resources, lesson plans, and videos on the Denver Art Museum’s Creativity Resource for Teachers website can inspire you and your students to think creatively and critically.


Here are a few quick facts about the site:

Launched in November 2008, this free website provides more than 600 adaptable lesson plans written by teachers in collaboration with the Denver Art Museum for more than 130 objects from the museum’s world-class art collection.

Lesson plans and resources focus on inspiring students to think and problem-solve creatively.

Organized in an easy way so that teachers can pick the topic they’d like to explore or enhance, then use works of art to teach that subject.

Includes professional and student development tools such as teacher workshops & webinars, virtual classroom courses, career videos, educator blogs and creativity tools.

Easy for teachers in language arts, social studies and visual arts to provide a curriculum rooted in the arts while also meeting 21st Century Skills.

The DAM Approach

How We Created Our Online Teacher Resource
Creativity Resource: The Story of Putting Together an Online Teacher Resource. December 2009.

Denver Art Museum: Creativity Resource Website Evaluation Report by Marty Tombari, Laurie Bennett, and Gary Lichtenstein. May 2009.

Exploration of “Best Practices” Among Art Museums in Developing Web Resources for Teachers. September 2007.

How to Get the Most Out of Looking at Artworks
“Object Contemplation: Theory Into Practice” by Patterson Williams in the Winter 1984 issue of The Journal of Museum Education, Vol. 9, No. 1. Published by Left Coast Press and Museum Education Roundtable.

School Tours That Develop Visual Skills
The Denver Art Museum has two “Visual Skills” tours for students in two age groups. The following training manuals outline the goals and activities for each tour:
Imagination Games (Kindergarten though Grade 2)
Perception Games (Grades 3-6)

Visual Skills Activity For Your Classroom

Adapt a “Visual Skills” tour activity for your classroom. Students design their own spinners to hone looking skills using this template .