Prism.K12, The Phillips Collection’s dedicated arts integration initiative, empowers PK-12 teachers with six strategies—along with an array of corresponding resources—to bring the arts to life in any subject. To further support the spread of arts integration efforts in classrooms across the nation, the Prism.K12 team created a video series that offers a distinct overview module for each of the six strategies: compare, connect, empathize, express, identify, and synthesize.
In addition to defining each of the strategies, each module highlights hands-on activities and engaging arts integration practices that educators across all subject areas can use in their classrooms. Each of the modules is adapted from recordings of an online professional development course for teachers in the greater Washington D.C. area, facilitated by The Phillips Collection and the University of Maryland.
Jump-start your efforts to integrate the arts in your classroom today by exploring the following modules:
Educators analyze Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party as a framework to teach students how to hone their use of descriptive language and understand the perspectives of its characters.
Educators learn about the life of artist Marc Chagall and discover how they can empower their students to examine Chagall’s The Dream through the “Perceive, Know, Care About” activity from Harvard’s Project Zero.
Educators explore the art of Richard Tuttle and participate in two activities designed to enable their students to engage in creative expression through tactile art and poetry.
Educators use Visual Thinking Strategies to compare and contrast two World War I-era works of art: Horace Pippin’s The Barracks and Gifford Beal’s On the Hudson at Newburgh, a strategy applicable to any subject area.
Educators assess how they can use the art of Piet Mondrian to help their students understand the math concepts of reflections and rotations.
Educators distill the overarching themes of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and embed these topics into their own works of art, then explore how to adapt a similar activity for their own classrooms.