KET Arts Resources
Classroom Resources for Teaching the Arts
Arts in the Renaissance
The arts flourished during the Renaissance, a period of cultural revival and growth which began in early 15th century Florence. This KET collection, Arts in the Renaissance, provides examples of Renaissance music, dance, and drama. The music segment includes an explanation of polyphony and a performance of a work by an Italian composer who greatly influenced the music of the Roman Catholic Church. Elizabethan drama is represented by two excerpts from Shakespeare, a soliloquy from Hamlet and a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. The collection also features two Elizabethan court dances as well as a dance that was popular with British upper classes in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Beat Making Lab
The Beauty of Jasmine Collection
Chuck Vanderchuck's "Something Something" Explosion
Chuck Vanderchuck's "Something Something" Explosion is designed to help children ages 6 to 9 understand music and music composition by teaching basic musical concepts and performance skills through the study of popular song styles from around the world. The main goals of this project are to teach children: instruments and their sounds, song structure, lyric writing, musical styles, and ear training. Extend the learning of the Chuck Vanderchuck videos with the audio-enhanced lessons that explore components of music training.
This collection, Early America, from KET provides examples of early American culture through storytelling, music, and documentary. Several music segments feature musician Mike Seeger, who is an authority on traditional American music. Another segment features Saxton’s Cornet Band, an ensemble that recreates early brass bands. Segments on the Hensley Settlement and Dr. Thomas Walker are from the KET program Kentucky Life. The Thomas Walker segment includes interviews with members of the Bell County Historical Society, who discuss the early explorer and his journal documenting the settlement of Kentucky.
Explore the crossroads of art, science, and pop culture with PBS Idea Channel. Hosted by Mike Rugnetta, the Idea Channel launched in 2012 and has since posted over 100 videos, with more added every Wednesday. The program has quickly grown to one of the most watched on the web, winning multiple Webby Awards and recieving praise for Mike's active engagement in the viewing community. Each video contains feedback and replies to previous work, keeping the program fresh and establishing a platform for discussion.
PBS Digital Studios
Shakespeare Uncovered explores the complete plays of William Shakespeare—one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. From his comedies to histories to tragedies, the series looks at the stories that have shaped our cultural history: seeking out each play’s inspiration, finding the moments and places that set every scene, as well as examining the words that gave life to Shakespeare’s world both in the past and present. This thematic collection -- which adheres to national learning standards -- contains video segments from the series, informational texts, discussion questions, and suggestions for extension activities to enhance your students’ reading, viewing, and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Social Studies Toolkit
The Social Studies Arts Toolkit, which can be found within PBS LearningMedia, includes multimedia resources designed for use in K-12 social studies and arts classrooms. In addition to being an effective way to teach, the arts are a critical component of social studies. The arts reflect the unique cultural perspectives of diverse cultures. Because artists respond to and impact the societies in which they live and create, the arts also provide a window into other times and places. And learning about diverse cultures through their arts can help to explode stereotypes. The resources in the Social Studies Arts Toolkit are organized by social studies topic. Integrated teaching offers general information and ideas for lesson plans that integrate social studies and the arts.
World Languages and Culture
The first of video resources in World Languages and Culture introduce primary students to Spanish by immersing them in the language—all instruction is in Spanish—and by engaging them in participatory lessons addressing arts and humanities content. The next set of video resources explore the world at the time of the early Roman Empire.
KET Arts eBooks
The Beauty of Jasmine - Teacher's Guide
Visual Arts Toolkit: Arts & Culture
Visual Arts Toolkit
A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images
KET Arts Programming
Reel Visions highlights the efforts of talented filmmakers living and working in the Commonwealth, providing Kentucky filmmakers a broadcasting outlet for their work. Each season of Reel Visions features a variety of experimental, documentary, and narrative films ranging in length from one minute to twenty-five minutes.
KET’s Jubilee series features the performances of nationally known artists and popular local musicians at summer folk music festivals in Kentucky. Since its premiere in 1996, Jubilee has presented an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, and other forms of music from around the world to your backyard. Artists that have graced the Jubilee screen include Jean Ritchie, Arlo Guthrie, Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Barbara Lamb, Nils Lofgren, Homer Ledford and Cabin Creek, Jerry Douglas, Maura O’Connell, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Grascals, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Mountain Heart, Nickel Creek, and many, many more.