More Arts Integration Resources

Keyword: Integrate Art History

Wikipedia page about arts integration

This Wikipedia article does a great job highlighting the fundamental aspects of arts integration and the obstacles faced by primary and secondary schools as budgets are cut and national policies are implemented. Unfortunately, arts programming is usually cut first, despite its integral use for engaging students and teaching higher-order thinking skills in ways that are organic and empowering for learners. The obstacles schools face are frustrating, but I see arts integration as the means for teaching more effectively, for motivating students, and creating opportunities for students to apply their skills in solving real-life problems and through that internalize collaboration and effective communication skills necessary for successful adulthood. More to write regarding these ideas.

Art Beyond Sight

This website is devoted to sharing information that helps educators, museums, and other cultural institutions provide inclusive learning opportunities to people who are blind. The information they offer is worth exploring, for it seems adaptable to the missions of all arts integration initiatives.

University of Minnesota: Integrated Arts Lessons

The lessons presented in this link demonstrate a few ideas for how to integrate art into various subjects. The lessons are still in their infancy with only the main objective, but they represent good ideas.

Educationnext
“Advocating for Arts in the Classroom.” Mark Bauerlein. Fall 2010. V 10. N 4.

This article describes the value of arts integration as a more meaningful way of teaching that leads to better learning and retention by students. The importance of connecting arts programming to Core Knowledge Curriculum and National Standards was emphasized as the means for achieving successful educational reform focused on arts integration. Educationnext is a journal publication dedicated to providing information about various topics in the field of education.

Reach Every Child

The link for this website is to an article about “How to Integrate Lessons” by Alan Haskvitz. The purpose of this article was to give advice on how to combine themes from various subjects into the same curriculum, which allows for collaboration among teachers of different subjects, and creates opportunities for students to learn through doing.

Reach Every Child has links of over 5,000 websites with topics ranging from the fine arts, history, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and special education. This website is part of the Horace Mann Companies.

Edutopia: “Visual Art as Critical Thinking”

This article also emphasizes the importance of integrating the arts into core curriculum because of its value as a strategy for effective teaching and learning, but more importantly to ensure the arts continue in schools despite budget constraints and cut-backs of art programming.

Vermont Arts Council

The information provided by the Vermont Arts Council about Arts Integration in Education a great overview piece about the skills learned by students who apply the arts in interdisciplinary learning. They demonstrate the value of arts integration through providing descriptive examples of student work.

KinderArt

The two women who run this website offer free lesson plans for parents, teachers, and children. The lessons present various ways to enhance curriculum with art making projects. They offer lessons for different age levels and for multiple disciplines, though the targeted age level seems to be more elementary and middle school. I see ways that many of these lessons can be modified for high school students.

National Art Education Association: Lesson Planning

The weblink for this resource was created by the NAEA to provide helpful links for educators to access when creating lesson plans. A similar idea to what I am doing here at Integrate Art History, and the ideas provided here will be further explored in future posts.

Overall the NAEA is a fantastic resource for connecting with fellow arts education enthusiasts. As described on their website:

“Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.

Educationcloset

This is by far the favorite resource I have discovered since starting Integrate Art History. The founder, Susan Riley, is someone I am now looking to for inspiration. I love the design of this website, the services she offers as an education consultant, and the topics of the articles she explores through EducationCloset. The work she is doing confirms my desires to build a business as an art history integrationist and shows me that one, it is possible, and two, it is a service that is wanted by others!

The content of this blog centers on arts integration in K-12 settings, and more particularly elementary settings. Susan Riley offers free weekly lesson plans, organizational graphic organizers, consulting services, and professional development to schools and teachers in the Maryland area. The work she is doing is incredible and you should definitely check it out!

Till next time ~ Let Your Creativity Shine!

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