Artful Reading

AR movementArtful Reading is CTL’s original set of model lessons and accompanying professional development integrate K-5 literacy instruction with hands-on learning in the arts disciplines.  Based on high quality children’s literature about the arts, Artful Reading promotes student learning in both reading and the visual and performing arts.

Who benefits

CTL’s Artful Reading program helps K-5 classroom teachers to implement lesson plans that use shared reading, literacy development and visual and performing arts activities to promote student learning in reading and in the arts. Teachers are also encouraged to develop their own lesson plans for additional children’s books based on the Artful Reading approach.

Young students practice new reading strategies while learning about and experiencing the visual and performing arts in connection with beloved children’s literature.


Teachers who have received Artful Reading training by CTL note their students’ divergent thinking and enthusiasm for reading about and participating in visual and performing arts activities during Artful Reading lessons. Some teachers note that the interactive, multi-disciplinary approach of Artful Reading in turn improves their teaching in all subject areas.


Berea College Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Jackson County Schools, Kentucky
Owsley County Schools, Kentucky


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