About the Course

Curricular Enhancement Through a Multi-Arts Approach is a week-long EDCO-sponsored Teacher Institute with Shea Schattel and Molly Delehey of the Drama Department at the Carroll School. The institute supports K–8 educators in discovering the creative potential of students and developing a fresh approach to teaching during an inspiring week at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Using connecting themes of dance, drama, music, and visual art, participants engage in exciting activities to develop Multi-Arts enhancements to their curriculum, especially in the language arts, but applicable to all subject areas. No arts experience is necessary.

Poems, fables, oral storytelling, and song lyrics are used to anchor inclusive classroom lesson plans while learning inspiring artistic pedagogy. Visual arts projects, simple music making, improvisational drama, and creative movement concepts are used to explore an array of classroom content areas. 

With deCordova’s 30-acre Park and Museum galleries as the backdrop, participants make rich interdisciplinary connections to support the variety of learning styles found within the classroom, develop higher level thinking skills, and nourish positive classroom dynamics. Emphasis on classroom management skills is explored as it relates to teaching these engaging and rich activities.

Participants leave this course with concrete tools to create inspiring fall lesson plans with a multi-sensory, Multi-Arts approach while tapping into their own creative potential. In the fall, participants return to share a Mult-Arts lesson plan that was implemented in their classroom. 

Framingham State University graduate credit is available, as well as PDPs.


Julie Bernson, Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement, jbernson@decordova.org | 781.259.3649