Strategies for Arts Integration
Arts integration is the use of the arts in core curriculum classrooms.When used well, arts integration is seamless — the interplay between the art and subject is fluid as one flows into the other.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
The reason why arts integration holds so much potential for the classroom is the power of art to engage students in experiential learning, which is the process for making meaning directly from the learning experience as opposed to academic learning, the study of a subject without the direct learning from experiencing that subject. But there is a distinction between classrooms that use arts as a resource and classrooms that fully integrate art in the planning and implementation of curriculum.
Children thrive on the study of the arts. The arts open doors to creativity. They nourish critical thinking and innovation. Important new technologies can only add to the scope of the arts. The articles and lesson plans below provide research and strategies to help you effectively integrate the arts in your classroom.
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Tips for incorporating the arts into a highschool classroom.
Use these color-oriented activities to integrate art, science, and writing. Including a color graph, an experiment in mixing colors, drawing, photography, and reading poetry with a color theme.
Offers creative ways to integrate the arts into the curriculum in order to enrich learning for every child.
Discusses how, in this multimedia age, art is as fundamental as are writing and math, and provides strategies for facilitating the coming of the art age in schools.
Describes how students can use the Internet to see visual representations of the topics they're studying and even create their own virtual art galleries.
Presents a lesson in art history, and features an activity that requires students to practice perspective.
Feinburg discusses the importance of art in a child's social, cognitive and language development. For more information, see the related sub-article, "Art For Children with Special Needs", "Creating In The Great Outdoors" and the developmental chart "How Art Develops" linked to the main article page. "Art For Children with Special Needs"
Details a unique plan for teaching students about the varied aesthetic styles of well-known visual artists and illustrators.
Presents an integrated approach to teaching colors while exposing students to literature. The unit plan also applies science, math, drama, art, and movement to learning about colors.