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Building the Foundation: Structure and Framework

Side x Side programs are supported by a US Department of Education Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination grant of almost $2.5 million over four years. Side x Side Framework PROGRAM TEAM classroom teachers school art teacher Side x Side teaching artists Side x Side project staff IDENTIFY CURRICULUM FOCUS identify class curriculum areas […]

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Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive artsbased programs bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom. Side x Side partners with the University of Southern Maine, Bates College, local visiting artists and professional experts. Side x Side makes a profound and lasting impact on our schools and communities through four […]

Film: Bringing History to Life

There are many ways classroom teachers (CT) can work with a teaching artist (TA). SxS firmly believes that the best arts integration is accomplished through a teacher and teaching artist partnership. When teachers and artists collaborate in the classroom, the results undoubtedly reflect a teaching practice that meets the needs, and expands the possibilities of, […]

Bookmaking: Maine Animals

The unit will begin with a visit from a Maine wildlife expert. Students will watch a presentation of live wild animals and learn interesting facts about those animals. Next, students will explore a variety of books and images of Maine animals to help them determine which animal they will choose for their project. Teaching Tip: […]

Printmaking: Dr. Seuss

After a fun reading of “Fox In Sox” by a local storyteller, students will have a chance to participate in activities and games to get them thinking about Dr. Seuss stories and characters such as using their imaginations to turn simple geometric and organic shapes into fun characters, participating in a group game of Mad […]