BREAKING NEWS Six-vehicle crash on Harrisburg bridge, minor injuries reported Full Story

Arts integration program combines creativity with core curriculum in schools

Several districts in western Oregon are implementing art in the classroom to create a more exciting educational experience for students.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 5:39 AM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 6:50 AM

EUGENE, Ore -- This weekend, the Lane Arts Council is holding its second annual Arts Integration Conference. It is designed with a focus on incorporating arts into core curriculum. It is an opportunity designed to give teachers a chance to connect with each other, learn new skills, and obtain tools they can take back to their classrooms to begin utilizing an ArtCore program right away.

The foundational idea behind art integration is creating a more exciting educational environment and experience for students and give them new tools they can better use to learn. 

In this modern style of learing, art is combined with subjects such as math, science, english, social studies, health, and physical education. Arts education program coordinator, Eric Braman, said the ArtCore program gives students a stronger personal connection to the subject matter they are learning, as well as more actively engaging in their daily lessons.

Teachers also receive specific training to help them implement art into their lesson plans. "With our core program, we have a professional teaching artist that works in that school for a full year and that professional teaching artist works directly with teachers to help them build curriculum that brings art into their classroom," said Braman.

In western Oregon, ArtCore programs have already been established in the Bethel School District, 4J School District, Springfield School District, and Junction City School District. These schools include Kelly Middle School, Hamlin Middle School, Cascade Middle School, Network Charter School, and Oaklea Middle School. Braman said, "It broadens the learning experience of the students for sure. But, now the students specifically in our ArtCore Program, which is what the Arts Integration Conference is based off of, are in their third year of working with this, so 6th, 7th, and 8th grade they've been doing this and now it's a part of their expectation of the classroom."

Braman also told KEZI 9 News this program has a tendency to encourage students to want to come to school everyday. "Attendance has increased. We've seen a decrease in conduct in general. Students have mentioned that the reason they come to school is because they know that it's a day that art is happening. I think that that's a huge testament," he said.

To learn more about the ArtCore Program, click here. The Arts Integration Conference is Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the conference, including how to attend, click here. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 81437

Reported Deaths: 1003
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah18813263
Washington11493107
Marion9933158
Clackamas701283
Lane470652
Umatilla457450
Jackson420141
Deschutes268515
Malheur250845
Yamhill185317
Linn170424
Polk138720
Klamath10437
Douglas102620
Jefferson91211
Benton8777
Union8368
Morrow6937
Lincoln67816
Josephine6165
Wasco57519
Columbia5524
Coos4873
Hood River4603
Clatsop3970
Baker3164
Crook2686
Curry1592
Tillamook1520
Lake1451
Grant1421
Harney1081
Wallowa723
Gilliam240
Sherman240
Wheeler60
Unassigned00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
35° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 35°
Corvallis
Overcast
29° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 29°
Roseburg
Overcast
36° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 36°
North Bend
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 42°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events