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Arts and Humanities


Arts Toolkit


Multimedia materials for teaching with the arts
Grade Levels:
0-12
Web Site:
KET Online
Teaching Materials:
See Below
Program Schedule:
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KET’s award-winning Arts Toolkits are high quality K-12 resources aligned to Kentucky’s arts and humanities standards. These multimedia resources offer a wealth of lesson plans, video segments, ideas, and other resources for teaching the arts and for incorporating across the curriculum. Toolkits in Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts are available for purchase by Kentucky teachers. The Arts Toolkit web site offers additional lesson plans and resources, online video previews, special features, and other resources.

Dance (revised and expanded 2nd edition released in 2008); Visual Arts (2005); Drama (revised and expanded 2nd edition released in 2006); and Music toolkits are available now for purchase by Kentucky teachers.

The Drama Arts Toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Two Drama Arts Toolkit DVDs. The Drama Toolkit DVDs provide nearly 80 segments—or eight hours—of video featuring historical and cultural information, artist interviews, and performance excerpts.
  • From Page to Stage CD-ROM. Produced in partnership with Stage One, this CD-ROM explores the collaborative process of theater. The CD-ROM includes video segments, photographs of set and costume designs, audio interviews with playwrights, directors, and actors, and additional lesson plans.
  • From Page to Stage CD-ROM. Produced in partnership with Stage One, this CD-ROM explores the collaborative process of theater. The CD-ROM includes video segments, photographs of set and costume designs, audio interviews with playwrights, directors, and actors, and additional lesson plans.

The Drama Toolkit also contains a set of Drama Idea Cards (minilessons and at-a-glance ideas) and The World’s Stage poster. The Drama section of the Arts Toolkit web site offers additional lesson plans and idea cards, video previews, and special features that include a Tour of the Stage, the Shakespeare feature Will Power, and a Kentuckians in Drama career feature.

The Visual Arts Toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Two Visual Arts Toolkit DVDs. The toolkit’s 72 video segments (eight hours total) introduce students to Kentucky artists working in a variety of media, show them how to create works of art, and help them look at and respond to works of art.
  • Kentucky Virtual Art Museum on CD-ROM. This unique resource includes images of more than 250 artworks from 20 Kentucky museums— from Old Masters to contemporary works, cultural artifacts to Kentucky folk arts and crafts. A special gallery spotlights examples of art created by children out of found materials.
  • Art Transparencies. This set of color transparencies covers a range of periods and styles.
  • Visual Arts Toolkit Binder. Find information, guides, and lesson plans in these sections: Using the Toolkit, Effective Teaching, Lesson Plans, Glossary, Responding to Visual Arts, For Primary, Arts & Culture, Periods & Styles, Making Art, Visual Arts Resources, Artworks, and Index/Correlations.

The Visual Arts Toolkit also contains a set of Visual Arts Idea Cards (mini-lessons and at-a-glance ideas) and Purposes of Art poster. The Visual Arts section of the Arts Toolkit web site offers additional lesson plans and idea cards, video previews, and special features that include an online version of the Kentucky Virtual Art Museum with works by Kentucky students and teachers and a Kentuckians in Visual Arts career feature.

The Music Toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Three Music Arts Toolkit DVDs. Enjoy 12 hours—over 150 segments— of performances, commentary, and demonstrations.
  • World of Music CD-ROM. This interactive CD-ROM includes three sections: Making Music, Toolkit World of Music Tour, and Listening Assessments.
  • Music Toolkit Binder. Find information, guides, and lesson plans in these sections: Using the Toolkit, Inclusive Teaching, Lesson Plans, Music Basics (includes glossaries), Responding to Music, For Primary, World Music, Western Tradition, American Music, Music & Technology, Music Resources, and Index/Correlations.

The Music Toolkit also contains a set of Music Idea Cards (minilessons and at-a-glance ideas) and a set of 10 posters illustrating music periods and the big ideas of the Program of Studies. The Music section of the Arts Toolkit web site offers additional lesson plans and idea cards, video previews, a Kentuckians in Music career feature, and other resources.

The Dance Arts Toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Five Dance Arts Toolkit DVDs. The Dance Toolkit DVDs offer more than 12 hours—over 160 segments—of performances, commentary, and demonstrations.
  • The World of Dance CD-ROM. This interdisciplinary CD-ROM takes students on a tour of the dance and music of 39 countries around the world as well as selected cities/regions of the United States. The tour includes cultural information about each country, video segments, and classroom ideas. The For Teachers section includes lesson plans and audio files of the music that accompanies the folk dances demonstrated on the Dances from Many Cultures DVD.
  • Dance Toolkit Binder. Find information, guides, and lesson plans in these sections: Toolkit Tour, Effective Use, Lesson Plans, Glossary, Responding to Dance, Especially for Primary, Creative Dance, Dance and Culture, Folk Dance, Periods and Styles, Dance Resources, and Index/Correlations.

The Dance Toolkit also contains a set of Dance Idea Cards (mini-lessons and at-a-glance ideas) and a Dancing Through Time poster. The Dance section of the Arts Toolkit web site offers additional lesson plans and idea cards, video previews, a Kentuckians in Dance career feature, and other resources.

The Arts Toolkit project is funded in part by awards from the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Arts Endowment for KET, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Charles M. and Mary D. Grant Foundation, and the Federal Title VI Innovative Educational Strategies Program.

Program of Studies:
All Arts and Humanities disciplines: Structure in the Arts, Purposes for Creating the Arts, Processes in the Arts, Interrelationships Among the Arts



MARC Records

Separate MARC records have been created for the VHS and DVD versions of each Arts Toolkit. Right-click (Windows) or click and hold (Mac) on the title representing the version you have, then use the Save Link as ... command to download the file to your computer. Then use the “File Import” feature (or similar) of your card catalog software to import that file.

Dance Arts Toolkit: VHS or DVD
Drama Arts Toolkit: VHS or DVD
Visual Arts Toolkit: VHS or DVD
Music Toolkit: VHS or DVD




Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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