George Lucas Educational Foundation

Arts Integration

Bringing the arts into core curricula raises student achievement and improves student engagement. Discover and share strategies for integrating the arts throughout core subject areas.

  • 5 Home Learning Experiences for the Elementary Grades 

    Activities that incorporate speaking and listening, reading and writing, math, music, science, art, and drama—and are parent-friendly.
    Justine Bruyère
  • Framing Social Studies Lessons Around Works of Art

    Using paintings and other artworks in lessons can help teachers meet content-area standards connected to promoting student inquiry.
  • 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.
  • Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
  • Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
  • 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
  • 4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

    Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem—they’re short and intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
  • 3 Hands-on Learning Activities for English Class

    Simple art activities can spark deep thinking about literature in middle and high school English language arts classes.
  • Using Rubik’s Cubes to Teach Math

    A high school math teacher designed hands-on learning experiences and fostered deep engagement with Rubik’s Cubes.
  • The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

    Like a story, lessons deserve compelling beginnings and endings. From pop culture connections to finishing with a level-up, here are eight strategies for holding students’ attention.
  • Using Art in Assessments

    An assessment called a one-pager has students use art to show what they know—and it can be used across the curriculum.
  • Music as a Teaching Tool

    Incorporating music into almost any class can be a great way to teach content—and it doesn’t take special training or expensive resources.
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
  • Resources for STEAM

    Discover information, examples, and tools related to incorporating aspects of the arts, design, and the humanities into STEM-based school activities.