The Phillips Collection’s education team collaborated with K–12 teachers and researchers to develop Prism.K12, an innovative teaching tool for K–12 teachers—of any subject—to create rich arts-integrated curricula. Prism.K12 helps teachers enhance current lessons or build new ones from scratch. Teachers can create arts-integrated lesson ideas with the Shake Up K12 game. First they choose one of the curated, online sets of artwork from The Phillips Collection: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, Late 19th-Century Impressionist and Modern Art, or Paul Klee’s Shapes and Symbols. Next they roll virtual dice (or shake if they’re using a handheld device) to see which Prism.K12 artwork, strategy, and subject area they land on, and then they dream up a lesson plan for their students. They can also check out lesson ideas from the Prism.K12 educator community and share their own lessons on social media.
The Science Without Borders Challengeengages students around the world in promoting the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. The challenge is sponsored by the Khaled bin Sultan Living OceansFoundation to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art.
Despite strapped budgets, school leaders are not without options when it comes to providing students with access to high-quality arts education, according to a freely downloadable guide published in 2018 by the ArtsEducation Partnership and the National Association ofElementary School Principals.
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts.