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 Fine Arts

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Arts education in Georgia includes the study of dance, media arts, music, theatre/film, and visual arts. High school students have the opportunity to achieve a Fine Arts Diploma Seal while completing a Career Pathway in dance, music, theatre/film, and visual art. 

New Updates

Spring Professional Development Webinars - See below to attend free content specific professional development in music, theatre, and visual art. 

GPB GA Home Classroom - As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids have access to continued free educational resources at home, GPB, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), is offering broadcast programming that adheres to Georgia’s state standards to provide continued at-home learning​.  Explore Georgia Home Classroom.​

​Professional Development for Arts Teachers

All training is virtual and will be recorded. Individual course descriptions and instructors are listed in the 2020/2021 GaDOE Professional Development Catalog.​​​


Digital Songwriting and Production - Link to Registration 

  • Thursday, February 25 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
  • Thursday, March 4 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
  • Thursday, March 11 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET

Modern Band 101Link to Registration

  • Wednesday, February 24 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
  • Wednesday, March 3 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 4:00 - 6:00PM ET


Upcoming​ - Upcoming Webinar Registration ​

  • Ukulele 101 for the K-5 General Music Teacher​Digital Teaching & Learning in Music (2_9_21)
  • Instructional Planning for the Music Educator (2_18_21)
  • Exceptional Children in the Music Classroom (3_2_21)
  • TKES in the Music Classroom (3_9_21)
  • Assessment in the Music Classroom​ (3_18_21)
  • Making Music Magic on a Shoestring Budget​ (​3_30_21)
​​Recorded -  RECORDED Webinar​ Registration 
  • Bravo Behavior!
  • The Big Picture: Comparing Cultural Pedagogies in Music 
  • It's A Mystery! Making Mysterious Lessons for the Elementary Music Classroom! 
  • SEL + Life Skills in the ES Music Classroom 

  • ​Music for the Early Childhood Educator (Self-Paced course available now in the PLO)
  • ​Digital Teaching & the Arts (Self-Paced Video Training - ​Click the words Digital Teaching & the Arts in green to download)​​


  • Critiquing with Kindness (Theatre): Teaching Students to Engage in ​​Meaningful Critiques that Support Social Emotional Learning (2_1_21)
  • Theatre in a Societal, Cultural, and Historical Context (2_15_21)
  • Telling our Stories: Strategies for Introducing Students
  • to Playwriting and Writing a Ten-Minute Play​ (3_8_21)
  • Strategies for Technical Theatre Face to Face, Online, or Anywhere​ (3_18_21)
  • Booking the Gig: An Introduction to Teaching Students
    Audition Slating, Resumes, What to Wear, Self-Taping (4_19_21)

Recorded -  RECORDED Webinar​ Registration

  • Intro to Digital Improv
  • Reading Shakespeare with your Whole Body
  • Text into Action 
  • Digital Teaching and Learning in Theatre
  • ​Digital Teaching & the Arts (Self-Paced Video Training - ​Click the words Digital Teaching & the Arts in green to download)​​


Upcoming​ - Upcoming Webinar Registration ​

  • Journal As Reflective Practice (2_17_21)
  • Critiquing with Kindness (Visual Art): Teaching Students to Engage in Meaningful Critiques that Support Social Emotional Learning (3_24_21)

  • ​Adaptive Art for Exc​eptional Children in the Visual Art Classroom​ (4_14_21)
  • We Have The Data! Assessments for Studio People. (TBD)

Recorded ​-  RECORDED Webinar​ Registration 
  • Using Social Media for Arts Advocacy 101 
  • Educating the Whole Child: Utilizing Title Funding to Support the Arts 
  • Arts Integration: Let's Get Visual! Inquiry-Based Instructional Activities that SWIRL   
  • Visual Art for the Early Childhood Educator (Self-Paced Course available now in the PLO)​
  • ​Digital Teaching & the Arts (Self-Paced Video Training - ​Click the words Digital Teaching & the Arts in green to download)​​

Instructional Resources for Fine Arts Teachers​​

Georgia Fine Arts teachers have more than four thousand instructional resources available inside the GA Teacher Resource Link (TRL).  Resources include year-long scope and sequences, unit plans, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, instructional videos, and assessments. These resources may also be found by downloading the Word document links ​highlighted in green below.

  • ​​These example digital lesson plans are for teachers and parents and are easy-to-use and include both “plugged ​and unplugged” activities for use ​in a virtual teaching environment. ​
Dance Instructional Frameworks 
  • HS Classical and Contemporary Partnering I, HS Dance I, HS Dance for Theatre I, HS Modern Dance I​, HS World Dance Forms I
Media Arts Instructional Frameworks ​ ​
  • HS Media Arts I
Music Instructional Frameworks​ 
  • K- 5 General Music, General Music 6, HS Band I, HS Chorus I, HS Orchestra I, HS Music Technology I, SEL in ES Music Supplemental Resources
Theatre & Film Instructional Frameworks 
  • Theatre & Film 6-8, HS Acting I, HS Advanced Drama I, HS Acting and Production in Film I, HS Dramatic Writing I, HS Fundamentals of Theatre I, HS Musical Theatre I, HS Tech Theatre I
Visual Art Instructional Frameworks
  • Visual Art K-5, 6-8, HS Art History I, HS Ceramics I, HS Drawing and Painting I, HS Graphics I, HS Jewelry I, HS Photography I, HS Printmaking I, HS Sculpture I, HS Visual Art Comprehensive I

Georgia Standards of Excellence in the Arts

Arts Integration School of Excellence Award 

The Georgia Department of Education recognizes schools with the Creative School, Arts Integration School of Excellence Award. 
The winners are schools where all students have access to arts integration in every subject and there is both rigor and relevance in the arts integration programming. Arts integration professional development is ongoing, the program is well-organized, and the school involves the community in the arts.

Application materials are due to Jessica Booth on April 15th annually. 
​Download the Creative​ School Award package here: 

Fine Arts High School Pathways and Diploma Seal

Georgia public high school students may complete a Fine Arts Pathway in Dance, Music, Theatre, or Visual Art by taking a series of 3 full credits in one fine art subject area. There is no end of Pathway tests for the Fine Arts Pathways. 

Students who complete an additional fourth credit in the arts, complete 20 hours of arts-related community service and ​a capstone project are eligible for the Fine Arts Diploma Seal in approved school districts. 

The district application deadline annually is September 15th. Districts who had their applications accepted previously do not need to resubmit. Schools and districts are responsible for submitting qualifying seniors to the Fine Arts Program Manager by April 15th annually. 

Course Numbers and Descriptions

Arts course names, state numbers, and course descriptions for all five subject areas are listed below. Teachers should use these course descriptions to guide instruction in addition to the standards for their area. 

Arts Opportunities for Students

State and National Arts Education Organizations

stART Grant
Rural Georgia schools are eligible to apply to receive the stART grant to increase arts education classes during the school day. The grant application process is  September to October annualy. Competitive Grants

 Contact Information

Jessica Booth 
Fine Arts Program Manager
Phone: 404-567-0369
Paul McClain
Fine Arts Specialist
Phone: 404-463-0589

Casey Hall
Fine Arts Specialist
Phone: 404-657-9965
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