A New Twist on Arts Integration
Collaborating with other teachers and bringing core curriculum into the art room is a wonderful idea. I love supporting the curriculum and reinforcing student learning in this way. But I can’t help wondering… what if we took art instruction into the general classroom as well?
Have you ever noticed that classroom “artwork” is no where near the level of artwork that the same students produce in your art room? Does it bother you to know that they are capable of so much more?
It bothers me! That’s why I want to suggest bringing art instruction and aesthetic requirements into the general classroom. I’m talking about collaborating with general classroom and core subject teachers and enhancing what they are teaching. This does not mean taking on more projects in the art room, it means using your art expertise to enhance projects outside of the art room.
For example you could:
- Provide design-based criteria for an upcoming 4th grade Social Studies travel brochure.
- Put together a short presentation and checklist for students working on a presidential posters in History class.
- Create a short video that demonstrates and models observational drawing for the Science teacher to play in Science class.
- Serve as a guest judge for a Family and Consumer Sciences fashion show or food tasting.
- Design a rubric that the classroom teacher uses to grade the illustrations of a 2nd grade book report.
We are all extremely busy, but consider this: taking the time to include artistic or aesthetic requirements in the general curriculum is a beautiful way to promote the necessity of your program. This not only supports students and enhances their learning, this is advocacy from the ground up!
Have you ever collaborated with your colleagues in this way?
If so, what was your experience? If not, what is holding you back?