Free Digital Art Ed Magazines

School Arts magazine digital edition sign-up formIn my early days of teach­ing art, School Arts mag­a­zine was my go-to source for art les­son inspi­ra­tion and the best way to keep up with what was new in art edu­ca­tion. Then I dis­cov­ered Arts & Activ­i­ties mag­a­zine, and I just couldn’t believe my luck at hav­ing access to so much great infor­ma­tion just for art teach­ers! Well, that was over 20 years ago, and long before the days of art teacher blogs, amaz­ing online Art Ed PD, and of course, Pin­ter­est!

While there is noth­ing quite like flip­ping through a good old-fashioned mag­a­zine printed on glossy stock, now you can also read these mag­a­zines online for free. Many of us have book­shelves that are already jam-packed, so an advan­tage of dig­i­tal mag­a­zines is that they don’t take up any space, and you still have access to back issues when­ever you want! When you sign up for School Arts and Arts & Activ­i­ties mag­a­zines online, they will even email you when the next dig­i­tal issue is avail­able. How con­ve­nient is that?!

On the down-side, you can’t down­load or print from these dig­i­tal edi­tions, but there’s so much you can do! With dig­i­tal edi­tions, you can pre­view thumb­nail images of all the pages and see the table of con­tents of each issue, look through archived issues, search by key­word, and zoom in to explore pho­tos or text close-up. You can also share arti­cles with friends via email or social net­works, and click on any link or adver­tise­ment to go directly to that webpage.

These mag­a­zines were great sources of inspi­ra­tion “back in the day”.… and they still are! To sign up for your free dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tions,  visit the dig­i­tal sub­scrip­tion pages for School Arts and Arts & Activ­i­ties.… and dis­cover (or re-discover!) them for your­self. You may even get inspired to sub­scribe to the print ver­sion again, too!

 Spe­cial update from School Arts Mag­a­zine for any­one read­ing this between August 28-September 15, 2014:

Dear SchoolArts subscriber,

We have great news! We are in the process of tran­si­tion­ing to a faster, more intu­itive sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment sys­tem. Dur­ing this tran­si­tion, our cur­rent sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment sys­tem will be shut down, which means that cus­tomers will temorar­ily be unable to renew or sub­scribe via our web­site start­ing on Thurs­day, August 28. The tran­si­tion will take approx­i­mately 2 weeks to complete.

Please note that this in no way inhibits your abil­ity to access our dig­i­tal edi­tion, and if you are a print sub­scriber you will receive your issue in the mail as usual.

If you want to renew your sub­scrip­tion or order a new sub­scrip­tion dur­ing this tem­po­rary shut­down, you may con­tact our sub­scrip­tions man­ager, Jackie Goth­ing, directly at (800) 533‑2847 x220, or at

If you have any ques­tions, please feel free to con­tact us at (800) 533‑2847 or

We thank you for your patience dur­ing this excit­ing transition!


Hana Lasell

Man­ag­ing Editor


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3 Responses to Free Digital Art Ed Magazines

  1. Almost Unschoolers July 27, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    So good to know!
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  2. Jeanine July 30, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Hello there! I love your web­site, TPT shop, and atti­tude towards teach­ing art! My lit­tlest is head­ing into a school with a weak art cur­ricu­lum unfor­tu­nately and I take it upon myself to teach her as much as I can at home ;)
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