Welcome to Handheld Art

Handheld Art is a virtual learning environment for the classroom, encouraging interdisciplinary study by merging art and the humanities for K-12 education. Handheld Art is revolutionizing how the humanities are taught in the classroom, organizing content knowledge in a creative way to support larger ideas known as Enduring Ideas. Partnered with the Columbia Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art, Handheld Art allows K-12 educators to access, create, and manage lesson plans with corresponding art collections for a whole new way of learning.


Special thanks to the Columbia Museum of Art and Gibbes Museum of Art

Handheld Art has partnered with the Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and the Gibbes Museum of Art to apply both exceptional collections of fine art to Enduring Ideas for the use of the classroom. The CMA is centrally located in the heart of downtown Columbia, South Carolina just three blocks from the State Capitol building and the University of South Carolina campus. The CMA can boast some of the finest art collections in the Southeast. The Gibbes Museum of Art is located within the heart of Charleston's Historic District, and is synonymous with the best of Charleston's visual arts exhibitions. Both collections range from antiquity to the present day with a focus on European, American, modern and contemporary, and Asian art.

Latest Features

Students and teachers are now able to create their own guest user profiles for Handheld Art, which enables access to our newest features!


Guest users can create presentations from any number of items in our collections, directly from the website. This plugin supports a flexible, dynamic framework for creating presentations that students and teachers will love.


Areas for commenting are included with every item, collection, and exhibit. Comments are addressed to the website administrators, who are happy to receive user feedback. Please let us know what you think!

Lesson of the Week

Nature: Naturally an Inspiration

What is truly man made? Humans use nature for their fundamental needs, desires, communications with one another, as well as their understanding of the world. This multidisciplinary unit explores the enduring idea of nature within art and man-made objects. Learners will use inspiration from nature to create a batik inspired by many cultures from around the world.

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