George Lucas Educational Foundation

Arts

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

  • Student Photographers Document History During the Pandemic

    As the world closed down, a high school photography assignment captured the imaginations of students and teachers around the country.
  • Simple Ways to Incorporate Coding in Enrichment Classes

    Young learners can develop understanding of coding concepts and computational thinking through visual art, movement, and music.
    Ashley Blackwelder
  • ‘The Show Must Go Online’: Arts Teachers Adapt to At-Home Instruction

    From laundry art to 'name that tune,' arts teachers are finding creative ways to transition to remote teaching.
  • New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills

    What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.
  • Borrowing a Literacy Strategy From Band Class

    A band teacher explains how a process he uses to train budding musicians’ inner voice can be used to help struggling readers improve.
  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
    Natalie Catlett
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
  • 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.
  • Fun Music Lessons for Elementary Students

    You only need to know a little bit about music to begin teaching your students to read notes and make music—no instruments required.
  • 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.
  • The Many Benefits of a Middle School Drama Club

    A drama club gives students an outlet for interests that go beyond acting and leads to friendships across grades.
  • 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.
  • Learning Through Mistakes

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