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K-12 Fine Arts Best Practices & Research

“Life is short, and art is long," reads the Hippocratic aphorism. 
And the endurance of art summons humankind to look beyond the 
immediate chores of our daily existences toward the far grander horizons
of knowledge and growth."

Jeffrey J. Schnapp, Director of Stanford Humanities Lab at Stanford University



Click on the picture above for the presentation about the FAEA advisory group discussion.


Click on the picture above for the slideshow of the presentation of the elementary fine arts coordinator at the NAEA Convention in San Diego March 2014.                                                                                                                           

FAEA ConferenceFAEA Winter Conference

Watch a Panel Discussion about 2014 Elementary Fine Arts Education in Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Hobbs Municipal Schools had a great group of art professionals attend the annual New Mexico Art Education Association Conference in Santa Fe.  Tyson Ledgerwood received an NMAEA Award for Administrative Achievement.  Click on the picture for the hot topic discussion.

FAEA Conference 

Professional Educators from all over the state of New Mexico gathered at the Museum of International Folk Art for their annual Winter Conference to discuss the current topics of the year in arts education.






Well it was quite a week coming back from New York City.  I have in the subsequent week benefited from a renewed sense of energy from the city which is the pinnacle of arts and culture in the world.  At the National Art Education Conference, I gave a lecture about what Hobbs and New Mexico can teach the country about our approach to fine arts education.  We live in a desert which is a very harsh and dangerous place.  The desert is also a beautiful place and a place with many resources.  Most of those resources are hidden like oil, uranium, natural gas, and water.  The desert of New Mexico is a metaphor for the major recession we have been in since 2008.  One survives in a desert if one looks for and uses the resources that are available.  These resources include community interests and quality staff, and it is vital to use those assets wisely.  This was the message we brought to New York City from New Mexico. 

Most poignantly is what we learned while in the city.  Attending the conference were countless young teachers who were climbing on the walls they were so excited to be there.  I guess they did not get the memo on how teachers should be cynical all the time.  The conference had record attendance.  There was a sense of a ground swell of activity around the country in the area of arts and cultural education.  I learned volumes talking to a young teacher who used her IPAD to take pictures of her students art work and journal about it for her grade book.  Then I looked around and noticed almost everyone at the conference had an IPAD.  The world is becoming more interconnected and changing rapidly.  It is the artists and educators which seem to be leading the way in this new world of interconnectivity.  It is the artist that imagines things before they happen and pictures solutions before the problem is solved. 

The energy of the art teacher and the city itself are one and the same.  This was evident as I walked past Central Park Zoo on my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view original paintings by Picasso and his contemporaries.  Afterwards, I walked over to Broadway to the historic Gershwin Theatre where I watched a performance of “Wicked”.  I sat in the balcony and watched a young understudy belt out the notes from songs speaking to being “unlimited” and “defying gravity”.  The young art teacher and city are showing us where the society is going - towards more collaborations and systems where the artist and giants of industry work in tandem.  Together this synergy creates a place that seems unlimited.  This is my fresh memory of the city where arts and culture breathe life and vitality to all those who travel there.  

If you have any questions about the Elementary Fine Arts Program you can e-mail   Thank you for your interest in the arts.


 Fine Arts Coordinator

Tyson Ledgerwood
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools




 FAEA Conference

Fine arts educators gathered for a panel about the current state of art education in New Mexico and how the arts are a vital part of the overall curriculum.

FAEA Conference 


National Art Education Conference 2011

The National Art Education Association Conference
Seattle, Washington
March 18th 2011

A group of arts educational leaders in New Mexico presented their ideas on alternative assessment in the arts.  They also discussed the digital formats available for those assessments.

Watch the Video of the Alternative Portfolio Assessment Presentation

Check out what other school districts are doing in the area 

of digital assessment in the arts.



Los Alamos - Music

Los Alamos - Art
Rio Rancho

The Pea

Best Practices & Research

Listen to the Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator's Speech
at the National Art Education Association Conference in Seattle, Washington

There is a lot of research addressing the role of Fine Arts Activities as they connect to overall student achievement.  Here are some recent articles, speeches, and studies that discuss those connections.




















We look forward to keeping you updated on the latest research in K-12 Fine Arts Education.  Thank you for your interest in student learning.

Best Practices

Fine Arts Assessment

How do you know a student is learning at a high level in the arts? 

There are performances in the music, theatre, and dance. 

There are portfolios, displays in visual art. 

These type of alternate assessments as opposed to a traditional paper and pencil test is how we gage learninig at a high level in the arts.  Assessing high level thinking is the goal of every visual art, music, theatre arts and dance teacher.

Here are some examples of different types of assessment in the arts.

Hobbs Municipal Schools Arts Assessment

Los Alamos Public Schools Arts Assessment

Los Alamos Public Schools Music Assessment


Estancia Public Schools Arts Assessment

Rio Rancho Public Schools Arts Assessment

 Ms. Griffin's 5th Grade

Violin Web Cast 

 Virtual Violin Concert

Margaret Whitley and her star violin students performed for a group of arts educators from different regions of the state of New Mexico who attended the Winter Fine Arts Conference.  On one end of the web camera was the violin students and on the other end was the educators in their conference room in Santa Fe.  This event modeled two best practices:  violin instruction and use of technology as our 3rd Grade students were able to transport their performance of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to an audience six hours away.

Dance and Rhythm

Karen Salb is a master at showing the connections between physical education and the art of dance.  She has a physical education background and runs a very busy dance program at the Maciolek School of Dance in Hobbs, New Mexico. 

She is working with Hobbs schools in many ways from training our PE teachers to having her students give a complimentary Irish Dance concert to a group of elementary students during the school day on March 17th this year.

In Santa Fe she taught some arts educators some rhythm exercises with basketballs to the tune of "I've Got a Feelin’...” by the Black Eyed Peas.  As you can see this activity is engaging for adults or students.

Watch the Video of the 2009 PE/Dance Training


 Dance 2
vertical teaming 
vertical teaming 2

Vertical Teaming

We have three talented secondary art teachers in the school district:  Kara Wink from the high school and Janet Davis and Deb Mitchell from the junior high schools. 

These teachers meet frequently throughout the year and align their curriculum so the students get a comprehensive approach of the visual art world.  

In Santa Fe they showcased a former student's portfolio from Kindergarten through Freshman Year in college to spotlight the value of vertical alignment in the curriculum. 

They also couldn't help themselves and taught a group of students passing through the museum some hands-on lessons using materials outlined in the state standards. 


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