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Arts Integration

What is Arts Integration?

"Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both." - The Kennedy Center

This section is about the need for and importance of Arts Integration in schools.


                              Photo: Lakeview Elementary Fine Arts Night. April 20th, 2016

Arts Integration has been embraced by schools around the nation. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is changing to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), to answer the need for more arts-based learning in all classrooms. Students are learning that the arts belong not only in the art room, but can be applied across a variety of academic pursuits. Having arts-based learning in the classroom also helps students find outlets for creative expression during all aspects of their life. Even art educators need to understand arts-based learning and integration, to improve and think critically about their curricula. 

Educators are encouraged, now more than ever, to implement arts-based learning strategies into all subjects. It is important to know how much the arts can help students realize their full potential.

Here are a few resources to help understand the importance and need for arts-based integration in classroom settings:

In this journal, Gullett goes into great detail about the purpose of arts in education and its timeline in PK12 schools, how it relates to programs in other countries, and how to effectively apply arts integration strategies into many academic classroom settings and subjects.

Reif and Grant go into depth, with evidence from elementary school studies, about how a culturally responsive educator can use arts-based learning to reach a vareity of learners and allow them a number of different learning pathways. This journal article addresses everything from questions like "Why Art?" to previous arts-based research, and what they did to document arts-based learning in specific academic subjects (drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, song, dance, drama, etc.).

The arts are important! This dynamic, colorful article was featured on the National Assembly of Arts Agency in 2006 explaining how critical the arts are to well-rounded and effective student learning. 

How can future art educators incoporate culture in their curriculum to make engaging arts based projects for the diverse students in their classroom? Gude covers how how culture, play, and quality assessment fit into a quality curriculum.

This is a useful blog highlighting the positive aspects of Arts Integration into any subject. It has guides, lesson plans, and additional ideas and resources that can help anyone find a way into using Arts Integration learning.

Not finding what you need? Maybe you want to go more in-depth? Then check out these other resource centers:

Edutopia is a bustling online community for teachers, where you can read (and even post) lessons, blogs, articles, and videos.

ARTSEDGE, developed by the prestigious Kennedy Center, offers a curated collection of arts-based lesson plans, blogs, articles, and journals.

Just in case you ever meet someone who questions the value of art education in an essential curriculum: ArtsEdSearch offers a growing collection of published scientific studies and research that support the many varied benefits of arts-based education.

From the IVLA: a broad selection of carefully chosen material in support of visual literacy for many pursuits: including, but not limited to, education.