Institute for the Arts

Western Washington University's College of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to host Institute for the Arts, a five-day hands-on, experiential approach of ways to integrate the arts into the K-8 elementary classroom.

Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 2012
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA (90 miles north of Seattle)
32-34 clock-hours

With the growing trend of funding cuts in arts education, Institute for the Arts will empower you to reinvent arts education – in your own classroom. Designed to introduce engaging approaches for teaching and learning arts in elementary classrooms, the Institute helps you identify ways to use the arts in your classroom - no matter what your personal skill level.

Discover how drama, dance, visual art, music and storytelling can be used to enrich classroom opportunities and learning at the K-8 level. Get ready for a fun "learn by doing" approach to help you integrate arts into the everyday classroom.

Classes and workshops are taught by skilled Western Washington University faculty and guest artists, who model experiences that introduce the arts and demonstrate the wonders they can work in classroom settings.

Five Essential Questions guide the teachings in Institute for the Arts:

  1. How can the arts enrich and enliven elementary classrooms?

  2. How can classroom teachers approach the arts from discipline-based and integrative perspectives?

  3. What are the elements and principles of each of the arts areas (dance, theater, music, visual art) that will support students' learning through the arts?

  4. What instructional practices support learning within the arts and the integration of the arts with other subject areas in the elementary classroom?

  5. What assessment practices are supportive of students' art-based learning?

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
-Albert Einstein



Involvement with the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.

Page Updated 07.13.2012