Artists in Schools
Since 2001 the Artists in Schools program has brought enriching arts education to over 90,000 students by connecting talented, practicing artists with schools throughout Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. Our goal is to collaborate with teachers and administrators because we are committed to the academic and personal growth of the students we serve. Whether you have your own residency ideas or want us to bring ours, we look forward to working with you to create meaningful experiences with your students in your classroom!
Artists in Schools Curriculum
A strong foundation in reading, writing, math and the core subjects is as important as ever, but is it enough for lifelong success? Arts Central believes in educating the whole child- academically, socially and emotionally- to develop well-rounded and engaged citizens.Using an experiential learning model, our instructors deliver unique, impactful curricula for a variety of learners and environments. All residencies provide sequential, developmentally appropriate lessons that engage students to achieve Oregon Arts Content Standards. And, each residency is customized to fit your needs, interests and budget.
We offer two modes of arts education instruction in schools:
Art for Art’s Sake- Want to enrich your students’ learning experiences? Arts Central’s instructors ignite their imaginations through painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, sculpture, clay and performing art residencies. Imagine using technology to create self-portraits with vector layers, observing a nearby rock feature and turning it into a painted mural created collaboratively, or learning how to animate storytelling by playing a simple three-chord folk song!
Arts Integration- Have you ever used art to assess students’ prior knowledge, or to assess learning at the end of a unit? Reach diverse learners in your classroom by working with an Arts Central instructor to develop a project that will align with State standards collaboratively. Integrate a language into art instruction as Bear Creek Elementary school did to create Mayan-inspired bear flutes. Read a book and use literacy skills to create a visual storyboard using positive and negative shapes to represent characters, story and plot. Make geometric shapes out of paper to learn 5- though 12-sided shapes and their functions.