Fine Arts Instructional Strategies
This page presents a sampling of strategies that will serve as good starting points for curriculum directors and teachers as they plan lessons.
Depth of Knowledge
Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
Webb's Depth of Knowledge Flip Chart
Additional Resources on Depth of Knowledge
Universal Design for Learning
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) – Learn more here from this nonprofit research organization dedicated to using new technologies that provide better educational experiences for students with disabilities.
Universal Design for
Learning at a Glance
Universal Design for
21st Century Skills Map for the Arts
Battelle for Kid’s P21's mission is to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops.
Harvard Project Zero
The mission of Harvard Project Zero is to understand and nurture human potentials –such as learning, thinking, ethics, intelligence and creativity –in all human beings. The research endeavors are marked by a passion for the big conceptual questions, a passion for close collaboration with practitioners, a passion for the interdisciplinary, a passion for the full range of human development and a passion for the arts.
The Smithsonian Institution is a collection of museums that cover a wide range of artistic genres and cultural groups. The Smithsonian Institute Educator Resources
provide a collection of primary source documents and artifacts that teachers can use to shape lessons. Resources and digital tools support inquiry-based learning and active engagement to spark creativity and curiosity. The Learning Lab
allows educators to create personal collections an individualized educational experiences.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum also offers free classroom videoconferences and teacher resources
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the institution’s nonprofit record label, representing the collections and productions of nearly two dozen companies and organizations, documenting the diversity of the world’s musical and spoken-word heritage and creativity. Included are several Cultural Education Resources to support arts learning in the classroom.
Arts Education Resources from Other States
National Model Cornerstone Assessments
- Arts Assessment for Learning
- The New York Arts Assessment for Learning focuses on formative assessment as a catalyst for student learning.
- Performance Assessments for the Arts
- The Washington State performance assessments gauge student understanding for dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.
- Supporting Instructional Resources
- Arizona Department of Education supporting instructional resources include sample lesson plans and student friendly learning intention statements as a starting point for lesson planning and curriculum mapping to support high-quality and well-rounded arts instruction.
- Arts Access Toolkit
Oregon Department of Education created the Arts Access Toolkit Improving Access to Arts Learning as Part of a Well-Rounded Education. The purpose of this resource collection is to support all schools in providing standards-aligned arts learning opportunities for students in grades K-12. Together, these resources aim to provide information and tools to clarify existing requirements for arts education access, assist schools at any stage of arts program implementation, and increase access to and quality of student arts learning opportunities.
The National Arts Standards created the Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCA) to inform teaching and learning. Access the MCAs
for all arts disciplines and a template to create a MCA to meet your local needs.
Resources for Diverse Learners
Arts Integration and STEAM
A collection of resources and research related to STEAM education.
An example of an effective arts integration partnership with sample curriculum
An info graphic comparing STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration
The SEADAE STEAM White Paper explores STEAM and the role of the Arts in STEM.
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