Project Based Learning in the Arts 2017-05-23T11:09:18+00:00

The Project Based Learning in the Arts Online Class

Understand, use and assess project based learning in both the general and arts classroom

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Are you being asked to use Project-Based Learning in your classroom, but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve created a few projects, but they haven’t turned out as well as you had originally hoped.

In this project based learning training, you will investigate and apply the intersections of project based learning and the arts for a deeply engaging classroom experience.


The PBL in the Arts course provides teachers with:

  • an understanding of the inquiry process and the difference between Project-, Process-, and Inquiry-based Learning 
  • an action-plan for using PBL and Arts Integration together
  • specific examples for PBL and the Arts lessons and strategies using 21st century skills.
  • and assessment strategies and samples for a PBL lesson emphasizing the creative process.


This course will help you design lessons that are focused on the process and provide opportunities for students to make real-world connections.



  • Define the distinct elements of Project-, Process-, and Problem-based learning and their natural intersections with the arts.
  • Create your own project-based learning lessons that are integrated with at least one arts area.
  • Create seamless connections between project based learning with arts integration and STEAM in and through naturally-aligned standards across content areas.
  • Deepen your capacity to take risks, problem solve, foster learning and connect more fully across the curriculum.
  • Cultivate an inquiry-based mindset through which to base instruction and feedback models.



The PBL in the Arts Online Course includes 4 training modules and 3 big bonuses. Each training module contains (3) 15-minute video lessons and 5-6 downloadable worksheets.  Here’s exactly what you’ll find inside…


The foundational bedrock of all variations of PBL! Discover the difference between problem based learning, inquiry based learning and project based learning.

  • LESSON 1: Inquiry Defined
  • LESSON 2: Effective Questioning
  • LESSON 3: Shades of Inquiry

Downloadables: Big ideas worksheet, inquiry based learning infographic, effective questioning worksheet, applying Bloom’s cheat sheet, aligning processes guide sheet, shades of inquiry worksheet


Specific planning resources to make using PBL much easier.

  • LESSON 1: Narrowing the Field
  • LESSON 2: PBL Planning
  • LESSON 3: PBL as a Means for Integrating the Arts

Downloadables: PBL process guide sheet, narrowing the field worksheet, PBL planning worksheet, PBL planning template, standards-at-a-glance worksheet, context for arts integration worksheet

How to connect PBL and the Arts through Integration

  • LESSON 1: Developing Driving Questions
  • LESSON 2: From Planning to Project
  • LESSON 3: Authentic Assessment

Downloadables: arts-related driving questions worksheet, planning to product worksheet, junkyard band PBL lesson plan, authentic assessment worksheet, Once Upon a Time PBL lesson plan

How to gain forward momentum in using this approach

  • LESSON 1: Establishing Partners
  • LESSON 2: Addressing Challenges
  • LESSON 3: Reflections and Celebrations

Downloadables: Resistance cheat sheet, establishing partners worksheet, challenge chart, celebrations idea sheet, final checklist


Bonuses designed to propel your PBL efforts

  • BONUS 1: Classroom Teacher Lesson and Arts Teacher Lesson examples
  • BONUS 2: PBL Resource Guide
  • BONUS 3: Inquiry through the Arts Toolkit
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This project based learning course comes with all of the following:

 10 hour PD Certificate

12 Streaming Video Lessons

14 Downloadable Handouts

Slidedeck & Video Downloads

Your Personalized PD Certificate

At the completion of the course, each participant will be provided a certificate of professional development for 10 hours, often suitable for district CEUs and recertification needs.

Please check with your school or district on the transferability of PD hours into CEU credits.

**PA, NY, and TX residents – we are an approved PD provider.**

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PBL as a Means for Integrating the Arts

Video Length: 18 min. 36 sec.


  • CONNECTING THROUGH THE STANDARDS: why and how to do this effectively.
  • HOW TO FIND NATURAL CONNECTIONS: in and through the arts.



leslie-headshot“Your course brought a sense of freshness and exciting to my teaching practice. Being a lover of the arts has brought so much joy and energy into my classroom already and I am looking forward to continuing my practice as an integrated arts teacher. Thank you for your passion and commitment to bringing creativity back into ALL of our classrooms 🙂”

Leslie Muhlbach

Meet Your Instructor

Brianne Gidcumb

Brianne currently serves as the director of eLearning for EducationCloset.  As a former music educator and current graduate class instructor, Brianne has taught thousands the transformative power of joining project based learning and the arts through the integration approach.  A popular writer and presenter on PBL and the Arts, Brianne brings over a decade of experience in the field to the growing integration movement.  In this brand new training, Brianne shares a first-of-its-kind sequence for connecting PBL and Arts Integration that she has used successfully with her own students.


Don’t let any more time pass by without the planning, delivery and assessment tools you need to make Project Based Learning successful in your classroom. Save yourself precious time and energy, while creating a learning environment that is truly exciting and meaningful for you and your students.

ENROLL HERE for $199

This investment in yourself and your teaching practice is just $199 and you can enroll now. The PBL in the Arts course is a 100% online class, accessible from any device, anytime. Once your transaction has been processed, you will receive an email with a secure link to gain immediate access.

Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to feel totally comfortable taking our online PBL training. So if you still have some questions, we’ll be happy to answer them!

Absolutely!  Each of our courses are self-paced, means you can go as quickly or as slowly as you need. We know that while you may have specific intentions for how you’ll go through your course, life can sometimes have other plans. That’s why you can take any course at any time.  You’ll never have to worry about falling behind or getting registered for credit in time.  Work at your own pace in your own way.

In most cases, yes! We can provide you with a certificate of hours from our organization, based on the contact hours of the course. The majority of schools and districts accept these certificates and count them towards professional development hours.  We always advise you, however, to check with your own institution before taking a course – just to be sure!

None of these courses are offered with graduate credit or are affiliated with an institution of higher education.  However, we do work directly with state departments of education to ensure that these professional development hours meet their requirements and high-levels of learning expectations.  As such, in almost all cases, these courses can be used for continuing education requirements.

All of our individual courses are available for a total of $199.  That includes lifetime access and a certificate of 10 PD hours.  No additional books or purchases are required – everything is provided inside the course.

Absolutely.  We invite you to participate in any course for 30 days and access all that we have to offer.  At the end of 30 days, if you don’t feel that the course fits your needs, we’ll happily refund 100% of your money.

We’ll ask for your completed course work (to make sure you gave it a try) and ask what didn’t work for you (so that we can learn and improve).  If you commit to the work and don’t get the value, then we don’t deserve your money.

School districts MAY use a purchase order – please contact us for more details and let us know which course you are interested in.

Group rates are available for groups of 3 or more.  Please contact us for those rates.

In most cases, yes! Again, we suggest you double check with your own institution as each has different requirements.  We have a high-level of transferability for our courses to be used for these purposes, and will be happy to work with your institution if they require more information or details.

One of the unique things about this course is that there are no written assignments or quizzes. We don’t feel a drawn-out written assignment or quiz is directly applicable to your work.  Instead, in each lesson we provide you with a resource/download that you can use to apply the information you’ve learned from the video.

For example, in Module 3, Lesson 3, you are provided with this arts integration context worksheetYou’ll complete the cheat sheet after watching the video lesson and then use it as you continue throughout the course.  This way, your learning builds over time and you’re creating resources you can use in your own classroom.

At the end of our STEAM and arts integration courses, you’ll submit a plan of action for how you are going to incorporate everything you’ve learned into your classroom.  People approach this plan differently.  Some folks provide a series of lessons they plan to incorporate, some provide an outline for how they plan to bring PBL and the Arts to their school, and others write an essay on everything that they have learned throughout the course.  Any of these are fine!  Once we receive that plan of action, we review it and provide you with feedback and your certificate of hours within about 2-3 days.

We have a great team of people who are here to support you all of the way.  If you run into an issues, or even if you just need a sounding board for an idea – we’re just an email, phone call or text away.

Phone/Text: 443-821-1088 or Email us here

Set yourself (and your students) up for success

Enroll in the course trusted by K-12 classroom and arts teachers using PBL in their classrooms.

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