Free Arts Activities

Arts teachers from across South Carolina can participate in standards-based virtual 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. 

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Djole! Intro to African Drumming (Music)

Join SCGSAH Instructor Ben Weston on a journey to West Africa, as he introduces this unique family of instruments and guides you through the drum rhythm Djole! Learn More.

Let's Illustrate! Fun With Folktales (Visual Arts/Literacy)

Just in time for Halloween, we've got a spooky folktale lesson for you! In this lesson designed by Visual Arts Teaching Artist Daphne Cuadrado Andino, students will learn how illustrators use elements of art to enhance a story. This lesson also features Kennedy Center Teaching Artist and storyteller Donna Washington! Learn more. 

Memory Boards: Share Your Story

Want to engage your students with a hands on activity that explores world history and different cultures? SCGSAH Visual Arts Instructor Elaine Quave has just the lesson for you! Join her as she teaches about the Luba people of West Africa and shows students a creative way to document important memories and stories of their own. Learn more.

Arts Advocacy Handbook for Educators

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

Creating Community Postcards (Visual Arts)

Join SCGSAH Visual Arts Teaching Artist Daphne Cuadrado Andino, in reaching out to members of your community. Students use shapes and colors to create a postcard with unique patterns and then prepare it for delivery to a special community member of their choosing! Learn more.

NEW! Dancing & the Stars (Movement and Science)

In this activity, designed by SCGSAH Spark Training Coordinator and Actor Teacher Melissa McCrary, students will investigate the stars and constellations present in the South Carolina night sky, and create a dance to show movement through the months and seasons! Learn more.


We are proud to partner with the SC Department of Education and the ABC Institute to make Virtual Backpack content from prior years  available on the Instruction Hub.

To locate this content, search for the publisher "SCDE Arts in Basic Curriculum."