Free Arts Activities

This year, arts teachers from across South Carolina can participate in standards-driven virtual and backpack activities designed to easily fold into any type of arts education setting, whether virtual, hybrid or in-person. 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 newsletter.

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.

5 Tips for Region Orchestra Audition Success

Auditioning for Region Orchestra, especially when doing so for the first time, can seem scary -- and that's okay! To help you prepare for a successful audition, some of our Governor's School students and faculty share their top five tips. Learn more here.

National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts and Humanities month, and the Office of Outreach is raising awareness about the humanities -- an important part of the curriculum here at the Governor's school. Check out the FREE resources and learn more about the celebration by clicking here.

A 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.

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. 

Drama: Transformations

One of an actor's most important jobs is to embody a character and share that character's stories. What happens when the character is actually a real-life person and the stories are actually life events? 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 Richland County and is best known as the first Black ballerina to dance the Sugar Plum Fairy role in 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.

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.

African Dance: Tell Your Story

It's time to get moving! This resource provides an opportunity for students to explore, experience, and learn about traditional West African dance, and witness how movement is inspired by everyday activities. Learn more here.

Arts Advocacy for Educators

February 7-11 is Arts Advocacy week! We're celebrating by providing a digital resource full of advocacy essentials for educators, curriculum connections, and ready-made advocacy activities for your classroom. Learn more.

Visual and Musical Repetition with Handmade Drums

Get your students excited about two arts areas with this ready made music and visual arts activity! In this two-part activity, students will learn how repetition is used in both art forms by designing and performing on percussion instruments. First, students will learn how to create their very own drum and design their own visual repetition patterns on the drum shell (the body of the drum). Once their drum is complete, students practice musical repetition through drumming a steady beat and simple rhythms. Learn more.

Creating Community Postcards

For some people, there is an exciting aspect to receiving a message in the mail versus receiving something in our email. This is especially true for members isolated in assisted living, hospital, or nursing homes.

In this activity designed by Teaching Artist Daphne Cuadrado Andino, students will reach out to a community member by creating a postcard that uses shapes and colors to create a unique pattern. Learn more.


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. Learn more.

NEW! Jazz Pioneers

Take a journey through time with members of the Greenville Jazz Collective as they highlight three important Jazz musicians from history—one of them from right here in South Carolina. This pre-recorded lesson is a great way to introduce your students to Jazz, and works well for integrating music into a U.S. history class. Learn more.

NEW! Improvising Movement With Jazz

In this pre-recorded lesson, students will learn about the relationship between Jazz music and dance and how artists of both art forms utilize improvisation. After learning basic Jazz movements from Governor's School Dance Instructor Maeghan McHale Hobbs, students will try their own hand at improvising dance! Learn More.

NEW! Naming Your World

In this exercise, designed by Governor's School Creative Writing Instructor Emily Cinquemani, students will start a poem by collecting imagery that appeals to the five senses in their own world. Next, students also research the names of local South Carolina plants and animals they observe and incorporate this information into their poems. Learn More.