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

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  • How an Online Space for Student Art Builds Community

    When students can see and comment on the art created by their peers, they learn empathy and communication skills.
    Daria Sur
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  • Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    When educators are intentional about teaching kids to see and represent differences, the students—and their works of art—blossom.
    2.3k
  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
    2.2k
  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    64k
  • 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.
    15.9k
  • 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.
    19.3k
  • Two students reading sheet music

    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.
    7.2k
  • Kids painting together on a large piece of paper

    ‘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.
    4.8k
  • The Power of Undo in Digital Art

    The Power of Undo in Digital Art

    When students make artwork digitally, they find new ways to take risks, build confidence, and get creative.
    2.5k
  • 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.
    16.2k
  • A female teen is sitting in an art class, holding a long paint brush, painting on a canvas.

    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.
    9.5k
  • Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

    When afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.
    1.9k
  • Students rehearsing a play in a high school drama class

    Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

    Skills that students develop in social and emotional learning—empathy, collaboration, and so on—are closely connected to standards in many academic subjects.
    1.5k
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
    20k
  • Elementary aged boy remote learning dance on laptop from home

    A Look at How Arts Teachers Can Promote a Sense of Community

    Arts teachers can help all students in a school feel that they’re part of a collaborative learning community, even when they’re not together.
    1.1k

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