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2023 Arts Integration Symposium

Thursday, March 9, 2023


UWO Reeve Union, Room 202

The Arts Integration Symposium is an event designed for pre-service and practicing teachers to learn about arts-integration through hands-on lessons from local teachers. Participants will leave the event with multiple ready-to-use arts integration lesson plans that students will love!

All pre-service and practicing teachers are welcome to attend, including students in high school, pre-service teachers at UW Oshkosh, first year teachers, early-career teachers, and veteran teachers of any grade level or subject area.

Registration for the 2023 Arts Integration Symposium coming soon!

Session Titles and Descriptions

SEL and the Star Spangled Banner

Melissa Fields, General Music Teacher at Highlands Elementary

Francis Scott Key dealt with his experiences aboard an enemy ship during the War of 1812 by writing down his thoughts and feelings which would one day become our national anthem. We can learn from his coping and explore other ways in dealing with our own future stresses in life. And, by learning the intent of his words, the singing of our national anthem can find a new, richer meaning to enhance our performance.

Turning Stories into Stage

Kelsey Raschke, Museum Educator at Paine Art Center and Gardens

At the Paine Art Center and Gardens, on a small stage in the Studio, all Oshkosh 3rd Graders experience performing in the story of the Nutcracker. In just under 30 minutes students learn theatre basics, dress in simple costumes, and command the stage without any speaking roles. Hear how Kelsey, educator at the Paine, took a story students were familiar with, translated it into basic narration, and how students brought the performance to life. You will then be invited to take a story book and create the beginnings of your own classroom performance.

Painting with integers

Heather Vieth, 7th Grade Special Education at Kaleidoscope Academy

Students are introduced to adding and subtracting integers on a number line and then the value scale and how it correlates with the number line. Students learn to relate positive numbers with shaded values and negative numbers with tinted values. They complete a math worksheet, create the value scale, and then complete a “paint by integers” painting.

Musical Magic

Teri Meylink, K-6 Talented and Gifted Educator at Badger Elementary and Sarah Phelps, K-6 Music Teacher at Badger Elementary

Students have learned about patterns and symmetry in math, using shapes and visual representations. They have completed and created patterns. They have identified examples of symmetry, drawn lines of symmetry, and completed symmetrical drawings. Now students listen for patterns and symmetry in music. They will work as a class to create patterns with boomwhackers and use Melody Maker to notate the music. The class will use the patterns they create to build a symmetrical music piece, notating in Melody Maker and performing the music together.

Art in Motion: Teaching Science with Automata

Mary Pleiss, Museum Educator at Paine Art Center and Gardens

Automata are sculptures that move! Learn how you can use the process of creating automata to teach your students about kinetic energy and the transfer of energy. You will begin building automata and go home with instructions and materials to complete one of your own.


Matt Bonson, 5th Grade Teacher at Highlands Elementary

During this activity students will be learning about famed artist Joaquin Torres-Garcia and his use of ideagrams within his art.  Students see how symbolism can be found in art and design and connect that same idea to symbolism within literature.  At the end of the activity students will decorate a painting that uses some of the symbols from Joaquin Torres-Garcia ideagrams.

Infographics with Canva

Samantha Behnke, Instructional Support Teacher at Vel Phillips Middle School

This session will cover how to use Canva to have students gain an understanding of digital design to be able to create an infographic. Infographics can be used as an assessment tool for any content area. This session will feature it being used as a final project for a literary nonfiction unit.

In the Know About Radio Shows

Schuyler Pietz, K-6 General Music Teacher

Explore the history of radio shows and the use of jingles for advertising, then develop your own unique product and create a fun, catchy jingle to promote it! Next, discover the use of foley for sound effects and see how students can integrate music, social studies, and English Language Arts as they create their own class radio show.

Summarizing with God's Eyes

Amy Westphal, 5th Grade Teacher at Johnston Elementary

Students created a God’s Eye to represent the core emotions of the main character of their book, in the order in which the character felt those emotions, to create a “summary” of the book. The students also wrote a short paragraph accompanying the art piece to describe the significance of each color and how it connected to the events that took place throughout the story.


Becki Hendrick, K-6 TAG Educator at Horizons, Johnston, and McKinley Elementary

Learn and practice improv (background, examples, and a few games) and connect it to how improv helps build our executive functioning skills (1) Inhibit behavior 2) Make a plan 3) Stay focused 4) Follow directions 5) “Read the room” 6) Manage your time 7) Follow through 8) Listen) and the five core competencies of SEL (1)Self-Awareness 2)Self-Management 3)Social Awareness 4)Relationship Skills 5)Responsible Decision-Making).

Geometry/Art/Tech Shape Light

Stephanie Aronson, 4th Grade Teacher at Carl Traeger Elementary and Teresa Moucha, Art Teacher at Carl Traeger Elementary

Want students to become more engaged in Math, especially during a post-assessment?  We will go over the lesson plan that we used to engage students in a collaborative way between tech (Google Drawings/Cricket), art, and math (geometry). See how our students were able to create a unique lantern in replacement of their post assessment to show their growth and understanding. You will be creating a similar 3-D lantern using a paper template and tealights.

Using Beading To Introduce Indigenous Cultures

Brittany Saugstad, 6th Grade Humanities Teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy

Use graph paper and small pony beads to help students make small keychains that represented symbols of their families and themselves. Prior to the lesson, students learned about different Native American cultures, different types of beads, and how the Europeans influenced Native Americans with the introduction of glass beads. This lesson also incorporates color symbolism, the use of numbers and patterns, and teaches students how to use hemp string to make a keychain that they can keep and take home.

Mesopotamian Innovation as Tableaux

Patricia Merrifield, Talented and Gifted Educator at Edison and Franklin Elementary

Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum includes an Inquiry Unit which focuses on and explores various aspects of Ancient Mesopotamia.  Learn how students can design, create, and perform tableaux to demonstrate their understanding of Mesopotamian Innovations.

Large marshland bird project

Katherine Baumgart

Students will learn about some of the habitats of Herons and Cranes that are native to Wisconsin marshlands. There will be a slight focus on whooping cranes. Students will simultaneously be creating a project that shows these habitat elements while also learning about, tints, blending paint colors to create a gradient, Parts of a painting (foreground, midground, and background),drawing skills (following step by step instructions), texture, and creating recognizable objects.

Atom about You!

Kelly Quiroga, 6th Grade Science Teacher at Merrill Middle School

Participants will create models of atoms using watercolor and collage techniques. Learn techniques such as oil pastel resist, wet on wet, and wet on dry techniques to create the base and background of the atom. Then participants will cut out and glue images that represent protons (p+), electrons (e-), and neutrons(n0) in their own lives and place them in the correct locations on the atoms. Then, use science vocabulary to write out how each image represents the part of the atom and the charge.

Warming Up with CLR, Math, and Movement

Arts Integration and CLR (culturally and linguistically responsive) teaching fosters many pathways to understanding, particularly as learners acquire academic language.  Participants will integrate creative movement with math comparisons and place value over grade levels K-6.