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Professional Development

Art to Heart

Exploring creativity and arts activities for young children
Grade Levels:
30 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Web Site:
KET Online
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See Below
Program Schedule:
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Children love to move, sing, draw, sculpt, and pretend. And these fun activities are also an engaging way to promote development and learning. Art to Heart offers parents and teachers of young children insight into how involvement in visual arts, dance, drama, and music from the earliest years contributes to children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development—as well as ideas and inspiration for activities to do together.

The series’ eight engaging programs visit schools, child care centers, museums, and community centers across the country to explore a wide array of innovative hands-on arts programs. Researchers, artists, teachers, and parents offer examples of enjoyable and beneficial arts activities for both home and educational settings. Meanwhile, the delighted responses of the children participating in the featured projects illustrate the sheer joy of creating.

Visit the Art to Heart web site for complete program outlines with discussion questions and additional information about featured sites, programs, and research. The site also includes activity sheets, teacher materials, a glossary, and downloadable viewer's guide. A 2006 KET production.

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

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2012/13 KETKY Program Schedule

101. Children's First Language
Introduces the arts as a way young children communicate their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Leading researcher Howard Gardner explains his theory of multiple intelligences. Featured locations: the Wolf Trap Foundation Center for Education, a model child care center at East Tennessee State University, the Daviess County schools, the Art Sparks gallery at Louisville's Speed Art Museum, and a home where mother and daughter make art together. A 2006 KET production.
102. Visual Arts
Explores how visual arts activities can foster literacy, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, and parent-child bonding. Examples spotlight a rural Kentucky Head Start center where fathers and preschoolers create steppingstones, the art-focused Reggio Emilia approach in two St. Louis schools, a Louisville art class, a preschool class at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, and activities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution that connect art to books. Martin Rollins of Louisville's Speed Art Museum explains the stages of drawing development. A 2006 KET production.
103. Music
Music activities help build physical and language skills and self-confidence while promoting cooperative behaviors. A music teacher at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School explains the importance of helping young children discover their singing voices, a couple in Lexington sing with their infant, an artist-in-residence introduces Massachusetts kindergartners to songwriting, therapists use music to build preschool skills, and a classical musician teaches inner-city youngsters in Louisville to play the violin. A KET production.
104. Movement and Dance
Explains the difference between movement and dance and why both are important and enjoyable experiences for young children. Visits to St. Louis, Philadelphia, Berea, and Louisville spotlight activities using African, Appalachian, classical, and modern dance, and movement education specialist Rae Pica explains why it's important to pay attention to movement basics. A KET production.
105. Drama and the Literary Arts
Inspired by a painting, 3rd graders in Louisville take on roles of explorers and Native Americans. Mother and neuroscientist Lise Eliot explains the connection between reading and brain development, and teaching artists use books and puppets to help children bring stories to life in the classroom. At the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, kids use artifacts, storytelling, and dramatic play to connect ideas in science and history.
106. The Artful Environment
Looks at how materials, attitude, and teacher/parent involvement can help create an atmosphere that fosters creativity. At the Key Learning Community in Indianapolis, teachers put Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences to work. Reggio Emilia educators explain the importance of providing a variety of art materials, parents and children explore the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, and a Louisville artist and his daughter draw each other. A 2006 KET production.
107. Arts for Learning
Louisville 3rd graders learn about recycling and pollution through Stage One's Eco-Drama program. Neuroscientist Lise Eliot explains how music, movement, and visual stimulation help prime the brain for language development and future learning. A university professor demonstrates best practices for teaching art, and Slavko Milekic discusses his interactive museum software for children. A 2006 KET production.
108. Arts Every Day
Parents and educators stress the importance of making the arts part of young children's everyday experience. At Gateway Association Child Development Center in Anderson, IN, the arts facilitate learning for children with a variety of abilities and needs. A Louisville father and artist emphasizes spending time with your young children. Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and Reach Out and Read, founded by Boston pediatrician Barry Zuckerman, encourage parents to read to young children. And at a Lexington library branch, an arts project called Bilingual Boogie Bees helps bring neighbors and cultures together. A 2006 KET production.

The schedule listed here includes only airings on the KETKY channel. See the complete Art to Heart broadcast schedule for airings on all KET channels.

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