The artists and staff at ArtsConnection have engaged in inquiries for well over a decade into the nature of teaching and learning in the arts and their influence on other areas of learning. Most of our practitioner research has focused on dance, theater, and their influence on literacy and language acquisition, especially among English-language learners. […]
What are the authentic connections between the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and teaching and learning in the arts?
Teaching Artist Chris Heller collaborates with ESL and classroom teachers at PS 239Q to use a theme from the Social Studies curriculum “Conflict in America” to help students design tableaux and write short scenes they perform for their classmates. Students gain a deeper understanding of the theme of conflict, which is also essential to good […]
In Kim and Nami’s 4/5th grade dance residency, the artists provide students with a clear artistic process to help students develop their own improvisations. This structured step-by-step process frees students to work through artistic problems independently, putting the power in the students to explore movement freely, make artistic choices and decide how to develop their […]
Students in Maya’s 4/5th grade class are learning the beginning of a piece of choreography. The artists use observation and description to help students understand the movement sequence, allowing multiple entry points for different kinds of learners. This experience helps students to learn and understand a piece of choreography, and it builds skills students will […]
Fourth grade students in Chris Heller’s theater residency at PS 239q devise scenes based on The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11, a text from the curriculum. Throughout the process students share their scenes and give each other feedback. Feedback is charted to help students remember and apply feedback. Follow one student, Noel, as […]
On the first day of shadow puppetry, Teaching Artist Erin Orr introduces her 3rd grade students to the history and technical foundations of the art form. Using real shadow puppets from Asia, Ms. Erin asks her students to observe the puppets’ various styles and characteristics. Rima Fand introduces music to the students later on in […]
Using a rubric for theater, teaching artist Jenny Campbell leads students in Ms. Wong’s class at PS 163Q through the process of creating scenes in small groups that take place in a vehicle. The students use the rubric to assess their progress and to assess and give feedback to their peers during presentation and performance. […]
Teaching Artist, Erin Orr, establishes clear criteria for making a successful shadow puppet show. A group of students rehearse their show, Frida Kahlo Museum, for the first time. Their classmates give them compliments and helpful suggestions to make their show even better the next time.
Ms. Dimin’s 4th grade students are adapting a Native American folktale – The Rough Faced Girl – into a Hand Puppet show. They work in character groups, making collaborative design choices about their character. The Mean Sister group must decide on specific facial features for their puppet.
As part of their Native American Folktale study, Ms. Angelo’s 4th grade class reads and discusses “The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush”. They create a list of characters in preparation for the first session with Teaching Artist Sarah Provost. Ms. Angelo takes this opportunity to deepen student understanding of story elements.