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Fine Arts Discovery Series Inspires Future Teachers

Future educators are attending art events at BYU while learning how to connect the arts to their future classroom. As part of the Arts Partnership, the Fine Arts Discovery Series is held to inspire BYU elementary education majors to include the arts in their own lives as well as in the lives of their students. Pre-event lectures encourage teachers to bring their future students to live performances and professional exhibits and also provide ideas on integrating the arts into the classroom. Each discussion is led by a BYU professor or specialist with expertise in a specific art form. This semester,…

Arts Express Summer Conference Improves Instructional Practices

Participants who attended the Arts Express Conference on June 10 and 11 are now implementing what they learned in their classrooms. The experiences, collected from implementation reports, indicate great success when integrating the arts into current classroom practices. Below are excerpts from the implementation reports explaining what has been done. The Power of Play          “Our opening speaker, Michael Bahr, was entertaining and motivating. . . . I feel his message on the power of play is important to all those who teach and care for children. . . . I believe that the power of play…

Arts Bridge 2014-15 Kickoff

An additional 700 students are now receiving instruction in the arts! Arts Bridge is a program that aims to provide more arts instruction to children in schools by pairing grade-school teachers with BYU students involved in the arts. These teachers and the BYU students work together to teach arts-integrated lessons to children in the classroom. BYU students in dance, drama, music, or visual arts, called Arts Scholars, visit classrooms weekly over the semester. Last year’s Arts Leadership Academy graduates are invited to participate in this year’s Arts Bridge experience.  BYU faculty members mentor and supervise the Arts Scholars to ensure…

Arts Express: What You Did and What You Said!

Pictures & quotes from the 2014 Summer Conference  Thank you for your feedback! Here are just some of the things you said. In addition, we captured art making, music making, dancing, and drama as you increased your ability to integrate the arts into education. We loved what we saw and wanted to share! “Arts should be a daily experience!” –North Elementary, Iron District [Teachers participate in Diane Asay’s “Making Art for the Fun of It!” class] “The presenters are always amazing!” –Jordan School District [Dancing around the gym with Linda Gold as Paul Nance helps integrate science concepts]   “I loved the…

2013-14 Year in Review: Arts Leadership Academy

Brigham Young University’s Arts Leadership Academy convenes for 10 days each school year to help elementary school teachers build basic skills in dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts.  Participants gain the ability to bring the arts into their classrooms and provide students with arts experiences as well as deepen learning through arts integration, thus integrating the arts into all curriculum content areas.  Enjoy these pictures of our 2013–2014 class, presenters, and performers! Scott Flox helps teachers with their still life backgrounds. Cindy Clark shares thoughts and evaluations of works of art at the Kimball Art Center in Park City.…

2013-2014 Year in Review: Arts Bridge

Teachers who participate in BYU’s Arts Leadership Academy are subsequently invited to participate in the BYU Arts Bridge program. In Arts Bridge each participating teacher is paired with an arts scholar (a BYU student from one of the arts education programs), who works with the teacher to implement instruction in one art form and to integrate and infuse that art form into the classroom.  Each BYU arts scholar kept a blog that cataloged their activities and lesson plans with their classes. Here are some of our favorite ones to check out:  Lisa Moncur–Drama Scholar http://lisamoncurartsbridge1.blogspot.com/ Tyrel Hanby–Visual Art Scholar http://artsbridgequest.blogspot.com/ Kyla Threfall–Dance…

Spice it Up: Simultaneously Teach Writing, Character, and Art

Today’s post is from our 2014 Arts Express Session by Mary Favro, Character Education Specialist This lesson idea is to teach the core concept of compare and contrast. It recommends that teachers start by discussing works of art and continue by discussing character implications. Throughout this lesson, students will learn to compare and contrast, feel naturally motivated to write, understand stereotyping, and learn more about art and about themselves. Start with Visuals To teach the concept of comparing and contrasting, begin by analyzing two visual images. The images used for this lesson are of African American men holding or playing…

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