Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
Arts Leading Learning at Desert Harbor Elementary SchoolIn partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arizona State University Public Events and the Peoria Unified School District professional development opportunities, Desert Harbor has developed a program using fine arts as the driving force for curriculum development across content areas. This began after learning about the Kennedy Center's Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program, a way for teachers to learn how to naturally integrate visual arts, dance, drama, or music with other subject areas like mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science. We are privileged to be the only school in the state to have this partnership and one of only a handful of schools in the United States to be implementing the program school wide in the manner we have developed.
Kennedy Center workshop artists visit our campus numerous times each year working directly in the classroom with teachers and students building skills that increase student engagement and make learning relevant and meaningful. Recognizing the need to unleash the inventors, creators, designers, collaborators, and communicators in our students is key to the success of our work. Desert Harbor's partnership with ASU Public Events and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has challenged teachers to present information using research based methods and opened up opportunities for our students to learn in meaningful ways, unleashing enthusiasm and new excitement for learning!
SEAN LAYNE, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, received a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England. He is founder of a nationalarts education consulting company called Focus 5 Inc. This company focuses on arts integration across the curriculum for grades Pre K-12. Mr. Layne presents professional development workshops for teachers, and has designed training seminars for teaching artists nationwide for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. For over a decade Mr. Layne acted, directed and designed sets for the InterAct Story Theatre, a professional theatre company that has served more than 4,000 schools, museums, libraries, and festivals around the world. He began working with the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts program in 1989. As a Master Artist, he has represented Wolf Trap across the country and internationally, and has designed and piloted new residency and workshop models for the Institute.
Tableau - Living Picture A Tableau is a low risk arts strategy that requires students to use their bodies to create an image of an event frozen in time. Students then use their voices to emphasize key events or concepts.
MovementMovement helps students explore and develop ideas using dance strategies that reinforce and help retain curriculum. Students will think critically and creatively while applying content information.
PatterningPatterning connects music and movement concepts to deepen the understanding of patterns in reading, writing, and math. Students engage kinesthetically when using this effective strategy.
Readers' TheaterReaders' Theater is a rehearsed group presentation of a script that is read aloud rather than memorized. performances are enhanced by incorporating sound effects, music, and gestures. Reaters' Theater is a creative, dramatic technique that can also involve students in writing, revising, rehearsing and performing information students need to learn in school.
Character InterviewsCharacter Interviews focus on higher-level thinking and incorporate dramatic concepts. The teacher plays the role of host and students role-play characters. The strategy is applicable to historical characters, authors, scientists, biographies and other concepts significant to a unit of study.