How to Work With an Artist in Residence

At a time when the arts are being squeezed out of the curriculum,  inviting an artist to take up residence in your school can be an excellent way to supplement arts education. Working directly with an artist can reveal the process of creating art and help pupils to experiment with their creativity and gain confidence in expressing themselves. It will also give young people an insight into the professional arts world and demonstrate the continuum from art made in the classroom through to professional practice. The benefits might be obvious, but the process of setting up an artist in residence may not be. Here are some tips for a successful collaboration. Think about your project brief Make sure you have a purpose in mind for the artist to work towards. What type of involvement would you like the artist to have? You may want them to give talks, run practical workshops or lead a project that will involve pupils in the production of an artwork. Think about how the residency will link to school curriculum or out-of-school activity. Make sure you are clear about what you hope students and staff will gain from the experience. Set a timeline How many times a week will this artist come in and for how long?  Will the students display their learning at the end of the residence? Will this be for the school Parents? Give the artist specifics Make sure the artist knows  who to contact if they are going to miss a class due to illness or other factors.  What is the make-up policy? Have a conversation about how the school...

National Arts in Education Week

  September 10 – 16, thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation will celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week. Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week to be a celebration intended to bring attention to the cause of arts education for elected officials and educational decision-makers across the country, and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. As MUST inches closer to our 35th anniversary ( December 2017), our mission is more important that ever! We advocate for, develop, and deploy sustainable music education programs that improve student achievement in school and in life. And with your help, our vision will one day become a reality: A world where every child is curious and engaged in learning, through the power of music! There are many ways you can celebrate National Arts in Education Week: – Share are personal story on social media using the hashtag #BecauseofArtsEd. – Celebrate at a local event. – Advocate for arts education in your community. – Support Americans for the Arts! Tell us how you plan to get involved!           Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Musical Masterpieces

Musical Masterpieces is not just about creating visual art through listening to music.  It is also a great way to get students listening, following directions, and to reinforce how to move about the classroom. Download the instructions here. You can use any music for this activity. Have fun and enjoy!     Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Scavenger Hunt

  Here is a great way for Teachers and Teaching Artists to get to know their students, and for the students to get to know each other through a scavenger hunt.  Just like the game, “Find A Classmate who…”  students interview each other about their musical knowledge.  This game however doesn’t require musical knowledge.  Download the PDF here.  It’s a great activity for both music and non music classroom!       Please follow and like...

Musical Back to School Ice Breakers: Find a Classmate Who…

Are you looking for fun ways to build community and get students to meet each other?  This is one of our favorites. The goal is to get students out of their seats and talking to each other in a structured way.  Go over the instructions, set a time limit, and have FUN! If there is time, go over the answers! Please download and share!   Please follow and like...

Drawing: An Easy Entry Point to supporting STEAM at home.

STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts and there are many easy ways to support it at home. Here is a fun activity to introduce the A to STEM with your child at home! Have your child draw a concept.  Creating images is essential to scientific thinking. Scientists do not use words only but rely on diagrams, graphs, videos, photographs, and other images when making discoveries and sharing their findings. Some ideas to get you started: 1)     How to make a sandwich. 2)     How to get to school. 3)     Go on a scavenger hunt.  Have kids sort their findings and journal with words and pictures why they sorted it that way. 4)     Have a water balloon fight.  But first have your kids create the rules for this game.  Have them think about the boundaries in the yard.  Where can you hide?  Where can’t you hide? Have them map it out. 5)     Make a flipbook of your day. Just one word of caution, though. Art is often touted as a method of adding creativity to STEM—but keep in mind that engineers are rarely lacking for creativity and ingenuity. Just look at the world around you for proof. The purpose of STEAM should not be so much to teach art but to apply art in real situations. Applied knowledge leads to deeper learning. Have fun and let us know how your...
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