Integrating Arts - Activities for All Ages



Partner Impressions

You will need a half sheet of paper for each person in the class.  The paper should be hand cut so that each half has only one matching other half.  Then either play a piece of music, have students read a selection, or use some other means for inspiration and have students draw their impression on their half piece.  Students then find their “other half.”  The pair now comes up with a title for their piece and a statement about the picture.

*Can be used as a prewriting activity, can be used to introduce the concept of compare/contrast, can be a way of making connections.

Mail Poetry

Play a piece of music.  At the same time, students fill a piece of paper with color marking their impressions of that music.  Lay out the finished pieces and give each student a pile of stickies.  Students go around to each picture and write a word describing their impression of the drawing placing the stickie on the picture. Student then gets his or her picture back and creates a poem from the “mail” received.

*Can be used with current vocabulary words, using synonyms and/or antonyms, word choice in writing.

Element Sculpture

Students are given a supply of materials such as paper, scissors, etc., and asked to create a three dimensional sculpture representing the elements (earth, wind, fire, water,). Put a time limit on the project intending this to be more spontaneous and cooperative than well thought out and planned.

*This can be used with any concepts in the curriculum. 

Einstein Poster

Use any black and white poster or photograph.  Cut it up into pieces, one for each student.  Give students a piece of black construction paper, larger but the same scale as the smaller piece, and a piece of chalk (number the smaller pieces and the larger construction paper to make it easier to puzzle back together).  Ask them to scale up the smaller piece on to the larger one. Then put the picture back together to create a scaled up version of the smaller picture.  This can also be done with color pictures but may be more difficult for younger students.

*Great for teaching scale. 

Small Objects

Gather a collection of small objects such as things you would find in a Cracker Jack Box. Place them in the center of the room and ask each person to select one object.  Each person becomes that object and introduces themselves to the class as that object.  Then get into small groups and write a collective story using the objects as they were introduced to the class.  Students can dramatize the story or write a poem or song of their story.  Groups then perform before the class.

*The possibilities are as stated, creative writing, drama, music, etc.

Creature Feature

Place students in small groups and give each student a different color piece of construction paper.  Have them tear out a shape.  Then as a group they are to create a creature from the shapes torn.  They may not alter any of the original shapes but can add details with the left over pieces.  They then give their creature a history (name, occupation, special talents, habits, what it eats, where it lives).

*Great team building activity.  Students can then use their creatures for extensions such as writing poetry, songs, stories, etc.








































Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  art will help children gain meaningful context throughout their lives.