George Lucas Educational Foundation

Arts

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the arts.

  • School Leadership

    Building a Schoolwide Culture of Consistency

    A principal has turned a school in the Bronx around by asking teachers to promote literacy every day—in every subject area.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Using the Arts to Promote SEL

    Arts-infused social and emotional learning activities help elementary students build emotional awareness, focus, and empathy.
  • Creativity

    Making an Event out of Art

    After celebrating her school’s 20th annual Arts Week, an elementary school teacher shares how to put on an event like this.
  • Creativity

    22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
  • Arts Integration

    Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
  • Game-Based Learning

    Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

    Minecraft is no longer a new tool in the field of game-based learning. Because Minecraft has such open possibilities and potential, teachers have been experimenting with different ways to use it in the classroom for a while now to teach math concepts like ratios and proportions, while others use it to support student creativity and collaboration.
  • Student Engagement

    Fuel Creativity in the Classroom With Divergent Thinking

    Teachers can inspire outside-the-box thinking for students by using problem-based learning, art, music, and inquiry-based feedback.
  • Growth Mindset

    Learning Through Mistakes

    For these arts students—for all students—learning comes from taking risks, making mistakes, and applying feedback.
  • Arts Integration

    Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

    Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.
  • Student Engagement

    7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

    Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.
  • Lesson Plans

    National Poetry Month: Useful Resources for Teachers and Students

    In honor of National Poetry Month in April, Matt Davis has put together a list of useful poetry links for educators, including resources from the web, Edutopia's most popular poetry-themed blogs, and other quick reads.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Building a Sense of Community With Music

    How a music program can fortify peer relationships and increase parent engagement and community involvement.
  • Common Core

    Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core

    Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.
  • Teacher Development

    Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

    Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.