Arts Can Teach brings the arts into day-to-day teaching to help students shine and succeed in school!
Artists and Teachers
Artists and classroom teachers team up to create and lead dynamic, arts-infused lessons in science, history, math, language, and more. Arts Can Teach lesson plans are prepared in consultation with the teacher, ensuring lesson activities connect with the curriculum and learning needs of their classroom. Our artists and classroom teachers combine their skills and expertise, planning and delivering the lessons together.
Students eagerly participate in hands-on learning activities, becoming confident creatives in their day-to-day subjects. Learning to draw, to create movement, to drum together, to take turns during a shadow puppetry performance— developing arts skills requires practice, focus, and a willingness to make mistakes along the way. Structured, thoughtfully prepared lessons offer students individual expression.
Engaged and Memorable Learning
Students design, problem-solve, collaborate, engage, struggle, build resilience, focus, add details, justify their choices, accept mistakes as helpful and inevitable, present their ideas and perform in a safe, supportive learning environment.
What Does it Look Like?
Arts Can Teach lessons are created together with classroom teachers in response to student needs. Some examples:
Students develop dance vocabulary to embody and represent human body systems, creating healthy and unhealthy environments to investigate their impact and interactions.
Newcomer students and language learners develop and practice English vocabulary with their English-speaking peers by playing with word rhythms and repetition, building confidence and community in a supportive drum circle.
Shadow puppetry offers students a chance to explore sensitive topics such as self-image, bullying, and peer pressure in an inclusive and reflective process, from script writing and audio recording through performance.
Students deepen their understanding of math concepts such as fractions, geometry, multiplication and more through designing and creating their own quilt patterns.
Students create and illustrate story settings, characters and plot lines in response to music, using rich imagery and descriptive vocabulary. Groups are then guided in writing their own music variations, experimenting and playing with contrasts in character and mood.
Our Artist Team
Our team of arts integration specialists are active, practising artists and educators in our community, professionals dedicated to artistic excellence and community contribution.