Free Teacher Resources
You Have a Story. Learn How to Share It.
This year's resources are connected by an overarching theme: You Have a Story. Learn How to Tell It., and are designed to engage students in one of the four artistic processes: Create, Perform/Present, Respond, & Connect.
Activities support foundation level students and range in style to meet various arts classroom needs. Pre-recorded artist talks, student journals, teacher guides, and fully packaged art kits are some of the many ways we look to engage with our arts education community. Check out our free teacher resources below and stay up-to-date with the latest Outreach offerings by signing up to receive our Outreach Newsletter.
- Find Your Inspiration
Creative ideas are often inspired by the simple experiences of our daily lives. In this activity, students are encouraged to explore their surroundings at home or at school and select an object that can be used to inspire a movement phrase or short dance. Students will share their creation with their classmates and reflect on each other’s work. Learn more here.
- Introduction to Percussion
Join our percussion students and faculty as we explore the different instruments that make up the percussion family! This introductory video includes instrumental overviews and student demonstrations, along with informal studio performances featuring marimba, timpani, vibraphone, drum set, and more. Learn more here.
- Musical Journey with Ferdinand the Bull
In this video, the 1936 children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, written by Munro Leaf, is brought to life through narration and music from George Bizet's opera, Carmen. Narrated by senior music student Anier Colon-Flores, this entertaining and gentle musical tale approaches topics such as conformity, aggression, and individual differences. You will also meet the instrumental members of a woodwind quintet, and learn how they leverage their differences to make music together. *Special Note: The book narration can be reserved in English and/or in Spanish. This is a great opportunity for Spanish teachers to integrate the arts into their classrooms! Learn more here.
- Writing Prompt Cards
The Creative Writing faculty has gathered some of their favorite prompts into a curated collection for easy classroom use! These index sized cards can be used in a variety of settings, from bell work to special projects needing deep creative thinking, and they are appropriate for any content area. Teachers can request a classroom set that includes multiple prompts for Poetry, Nonfiction and Short Essay. Learn more here.
- Historical Dances
Historical dances are part of a strong dance tradition, and they help us understand the cultural dynamics of the world around us. In this pre-recorded activity, join senior SCGSAH Dance students, and faculty members Thomas Shoemaker and Irina Ushakova, to learn three historical dances that can help widen our perspectives and deepen our appreciation for dance. Learn more here.
- Drama-Language Fundamentals
Language, to the actor, is a physical pursuit - not just letters on a page. Words and language are primary tools with which the actor does his or her job. In the same way that the body must be prepared for acting work, so must the vocal instrument be prepared and honed for effective use on the stage. This workshop introduces vital aural and physical language practice and warmup techniques for the developing acting student. Learn more here.
- Actor's Movement Warm-up
Actors have three main tools that they must cultivate in order to develop their craft: the body, the voice, and the imagination. To access these tools, young actors must prime themselves with good, solid warm-ups. Join Rhonda Murray, Dance Instructor for Drama, as she guides students through a series of movement exercises intended to prepare and focus the body for the demands of a strong acting practice. Learn more here.
Animation doesn't have to be done with fancy computers and expensive software. In fact, most of it happens using simple everyday objects! This activity will teach students some quick animation basics as we get started creating our own flipbooks. This activity is excellent for Visual Arts and Media Arts classes. Learn more here.
- Share Your Voice!
For many students, getting up in front of an audience to speak, whether it’s a group of classmates or total strangers, is a pretty scary experience. It’s even more daunting when you are reading your own, original creative writings. Join Dr. Stevie Edwards, Poetry Instructor, as she shares her own journey of moving past the nerves that can understandably hold anyone back, and learn her top ten tips and tricks for giving your best on-stage reading. Learn more here.
- Build it! Draw it! Using LEGO Objects to Explore Proportion and Perspective
Visual artists share a common, strong foundation: Drawing. In this project, students will build their own LEGO structures to use as they practice their drawing skills. LEGO bricks will be used to develop simple 3D objects that, along with sketches, gradually grow in complexity. Basic drawing media is used to introduce foundation skills in value, perspective and proportion. You will need a sketchbook or sketch paper, Sharpie, Ebony drawing pencil, eraser, ruler and LEGO set or similar building blocks to accompany your Governor's School Activity Booklet. Learn more here.
- A Day in the Life with Ballerina Whitney Huell
Participants will view a pre-recorded Artist Talk by SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities 2004 Dance Alumni and Kansas City Ballet company dancer, Whitney Huell. Huell grew up in South Carolina and is best known as the first Black ballerina to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy role in Kansas City Ballet's The Nutcracker. This artist talk will explore a day in a life of a professional dancer, and students will learn about the dance journey of a local ballerina of color who has gone on to make history. Learn more here.
- Jogging the Memory
Participants will view a pre-recorded creative writing prompt, delivered by Scott Gould, with suggestions about how to use the prompt to begin creating new stories, poems or essays. Learn more here.
- Pantomime in Dance
In nearly all classical forms of dance there is no dialogue. To convey a story a dancer uses pantomime for exposition. Pantomime helps convey character, and every gesture is important in the telling of the story. In this activity, students will learn the basic mime vocabulary used in all classical ballet storytelling, and use this new language to create their own tales. Learn more here.
- Nature Drawing Journal
Get outside to hone your observational drawing skills! Student journals for this activity cover foundation level skills in value, contour, shading and texture. Like scientists, students will document their findings by creating colorful nature journals using drawing pencils, watercolor paints and/or watercolor pencils. Learn more here.
About the Governor's School's Outreach Programs
As a part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students across the state, the Office of Outreach provides classroom resources and professional learning opportunities to enrich arts education in South Carolina. Learn more.