Elements of Arts Anchor Charts

Elements of Music Poster

ELEMENTS OF MUSIC
  • Pitch

  • Duration

  • Dynamics

  • Tone Color

  • Form

  • Texture

ELEMENTS OF DRAMA
  • Space

  • Time

  • Imitation

  • Action

  • Language

  • Energy

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
  • Balance

  • Movement

  • Repetition

  • Gradation

  • Proportion

  • Emphasis/Contrast

  • Variety

ELEMENTS OF DANCE
  • Movement

  • Body

  • Space

  • Time

  • Energy

     

Connecting with the Elements

Here are some helpful tips for using the elements in and out of the classroom.

ANCHOR CHARTS

Try putting up the Elements posters as anchor charts in your room.  These can serve as a way to remind both you and your students to look for patterns across content areas.

 

VOCABULARY EXTENSION

Use the posters as an opportunity to connect cross-curricular vocabulary.  This is a wonderful way to also include inquiry!  You might start off with a vocabulary question like “What does Shape look like?”.  This element appears in more than one area, so it provides a prompt for lots of discussion and consideration.

 

LESSON PROMPT

Speaking of prompts, these posters are a great way for you as the teacher to think about creating an arts integration or STEAM lesson.  Just by looking at the elements in the posters above, you probably already have some ideas.  These terms can be the way into an integrated lesson if you’re ever feeling stuck.

 

BRAIN BREAKS

We all need to use more brain breaks in our classrooms.  Students need some margin to recover, reflect and refresh.  Use the elements as a way to provide a 1 minute break or transition.  Try something like, “for the next 30 seconds, stand up and move to another part of the room using a free flow and strong weight (both from the elements of dance)“.

 

The elements of art, music, drama, design and dance are a genius way to get started or enhance any arts integration lesson, unit or team effort.  Enjoy using these posters in your classroom!

 

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