Arts Integration is an approach to teaching and learning through which content standards are taught and assessed equitably in and through the arts.  This archive page provides all of our best resources, lessons and ideas for Arts Integration in one location for K-12 classroom and arts teachers, schools and districts.

EducationCloset is dedicated to providing practical tips, high-quality professional development and lessons, courses and conferences in arts integration for all K-12 teachers.

School Spotlight: Fundraising with STEAM

By | 2017-06-09T10:15:42+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

As most of us know, schools often need fundraisers throughout the year to support various programs and purchase much needed supplies for their classrooms.  These typically involve parents selling various candles, bags and wrapping paper to help support the [...]

20 Education 3D Printing Resources

By | 2017-06-09T10:17:38+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

3D Printing is a rapidly changing technology.  So it's no wonder that teachers are sometimes intimidated by this medium.  To help make this all a little more manageable, I've curated a list of 3D printing resources specifically for education. [...]

Creating Colorful Klee Castles

By | 2017-06-09T10:18:12+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Shape, one of the seven elements of art, is perhaps one of the best reasons why the visual arts should take center stage in any mathematics classroom. Discover how we used Paul Klee’s shape-filled Castle and Sun (1928) as [...]

Creative Experience: Sketchbook Challenges

By | 2017-06-09T10:20:03+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Sketchbook Challenges are perfect for building your creative skills in a low-stakes way that can be a personal collection of your own artistic growth. What are sketchbook challenges? They are collections of artistic prompts to get your problem-solving creative [...]

Building Trust in the Classroom

By | 2017-06-09T10:22:36+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

One of the biggest challenges for me as an art teacher is building trust in the classroom while teaching almost 600 kids each year. Top that with what I perceive to be an unwillingness of students to take calculated risks [...]

A Summer of Creative Experiences

By | 2017-05-30T08:15:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Four years ago I had an idea for a summer of creative experiences.  I called it my Educator Recovery Program (ERP) for those who needed to recharge after a tough school year or an Arts Immersion Program (AIP) for [...]

Visual Arts Activities for Mindfulness

By | 2017-06-09T10:24:23+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Last month, we discussed how you might cultivate mindfulness in visual art practices. This month, let’s dig in one step further and discuss specific visual arts activities you might introduce into your classroom to encourage a mindful environment.   [...]

K-5 Arts Integration Curriculum Planning Kit

By | 2017-06-09T10:25:08+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Are you ever frustrated with the lack of time for arts integration in your curriculum?  Lack of time for planning is one of the biggest barriers for most teachers.  This is especially true for you elementary educators who are swamped the [...]

The Power of Letting Go

By | 2017-06-09T10:26:18+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

A mentor of my mine always said, “Be the guide by their side, not the sage on the stage.”  I never quite realized what she was saying until I became a “well-seasoned teacher”.  And by that, I mean, old [...]

How to Cultivate a Mindful Classroom

By | 2017-06-09T10:27:01+00:00 June 1st, 2017|

Have you ever thought about combining yoga with arts integration?  Mary Kay Connerton has done just that with her Stretch Your Wellness curriculum for schools.  Mary Kay and I worked together in the language arts department at an arts [...]