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Importance of Art in School Curriculum

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Rose Deramo

on 17 April 2014

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Outcome#1. Learners will be able to conduct an art activity in the classroom.
Outcome # 3. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge of art in the curriculum and inform their colleagues of the benefits of art by posting activities and theories on social media platforms.
The following article's discuss the impact of art on children's development. Please click the links below as they will guide you to each article.
2. Learners will be able to understand how art can be incorporated in all domains of learning within the Full Day Kindergarten document by posting activities on a social media platform.
Learning Outcomes
1. Learners will be able to conduct an art activity in the classroom.
2. Learners will be able to understand how art can be incorporated in all learning domains within the Full Day Learning document by posting activities on a social media platform.
3. Learners will be able to apply their knowledge of art in the curriculum and inform their colleagues of the benefits of art by posting activities and theories on social media platforms.
4. Learners will be able to deconstruct their own biases about art within the curriculum.
5. Learners will be able to determine the efficacy of their art activities within the classroom.
6. Learners will be able to create their own program plan for a day using art.
Outcome # 4 Learners will be able to deconstruct their own biases about art within the curriculum
Finding ways to incorporate art into the classroom can benefit children in many ways. Through art, children can enhance their speech and language skills, as well as learn different skills in math and science.

The link below is a Kindergarten resource website that provides different subject areas and how art can be integrated. Click on the link below and journey off to the different subjects and lesson plans to see how art can be integrated into the classroom.


Based on the articles you just read
complete this 10 question multiple quiz-

Click the quiz called Rose Deramo. Once completed the quiz, email your score to

Before looking at the Full Day Kindergarten document, here is a quote from Freidrich Froebel.

“The mind grows by self revelation. In play the child ascertains what he can do, discovers his possibilities of will and thought by exerting his power spontaneously. In work he follows a task prescribed for him by another, and does not reveal his own proclivities and inclinations — but another’s. In play he reveals his own original power.”

(The Paradise of Childhood, Friedrich Froebel)
Impact of Art on Child Development
Art touches upon all areas of a child's development. Through art, children can:

gain a sense of emotional satisfaction when they are involved in the process of creating their own art
gain self-esteem as children can express what they are thinking and feeling
explore with their senses when experimenting with different mediums of art
develop strength in small and large muscle groups (Berry & Fox, 2008).

The following link below will lead you to the Full Day Kindergarten document. Take a look through the document and think of your own ideas on how art impacts all areas of development!




After reading these two articles, please click the link below to watch a video on www.howcast.com. The following videos discuss the value of art and the benefits on development.


Blogs are a great way to share with people your interest and experiences. Blogs are an online version of a diary, where people can read about your personal interests and experiences. A blog is a great way of sharing with other educators your experiences with children and art activities. You can document children's art, and share different activities and suggestions for classroom set up.

This assessment will involve you to create your own wordle on blogs and the benefits of using social media platforms to share ideas on children and art. Wordle is a website that creates word clouds. It can be used as a way of brainstorming ideas related to a specific topic.

Click on the link below. Once you have been directed to the website, click on create. You will then be directed to a page where you can share all your ideas and words that come to mind when thinking about using social media platforms as ways to share and network with other educators.

When you have finished your wordle, save it and email it to


Some may argue that there are certain subjects in school that serve a greater purpose than other subjects. Some may argue that the arts do not serve a purpose in a child's future as they cannot make a career out of them. What right do we as educators have to deny children of their interests? Who is to say that one subject serves a greater purpose in the future compared to another? The question is has school curriculum diminished creativity?

Before moving onto the next slide take a few minutes to reflect on the questions asked in the paragraph above.
"Imagination is the source of all human achievement."
(Sir Ken Robinson, 2014)
Sir Ken Robinson is an English author, speaker and international advisor who speaks about the development of creativity and human resources in education and in business (Sir Ken Robinson, 2014). The link below is an interview done by TED and Reddit with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on whether creativity is diminishing in schools and his thoughts about curriculum planning. Click the link to read the recorded interview.

"There is this perception that somehow (arts and humanities) aren't relevant. It is the most toxic attitude."

-Sir Ken Robinson (Salter, 2013).
The following article, "Every Child is an Artist" written by Chuck Salter, is based on an interview with Sir Ken Robinson discussing the perception of arts in schools. Click the link below to read the full interview.


If you are interested in more of Sir Ken Robinson's work, he has his own website where you can watch his TED Talk videos, interviews, and other projects. Click on the link below to view his website.

Based on the links in the previous slides about Sir Ken Robinson and creativity in schools, take this True and False quiz! The quiz is made up of 10 questions relating to both articles. Click the link below. The test is called Rose D.


Once you have completed the quiz, save your score and email it to rosederamo@gmail.com

Good luck!
Outcome # 5. Learners will be able to determine the efficacy of their art activities within the classroom.
Just like any subject in school, art needs to have the proper materials, time and environment in order to be beneficial and useful to children. When children are rushed through their art experience, or directed throughout the whole time, their art is no longer their art, and no longer becomes an expression of their thoughts.
Case Study
Mrs. Smith is a teacher in the Full Day Kindergarten program. She is conducting an art experience for her students that involves paint. She has set up the tables, having 4 children at a time. She has put 3 different colour paints at the table for the children to paint with. They each have their own brush. The purpose of her art experience is for her students to paint a picture of flowers. She has green, yellow and red paint for the children as the green paint is for the grass and leaves, yellow is for the sun, and red is for the flowers.

What are your thoughts on this art experience for children? Open up a word document and type your response. Explain your reasoning behind agreeing or disagreeing with Mrs. Smith. What changes you would make, if any. Save your response on Word, and email it to

Outcome # 6. Learners will be able to create their own program for a day using art.
In today's society, there are many different resources educators can turn to in order to gather ideas on incorporating art into programming. Different lessons can be branched off from one learning art experience with children. Lesson plans that involve language, science, math and other subjects can all be integrated into an art experience! Educators can incorporate different books, magazines, pictures etc that are related to the main idea of the art experience. Once the children have shared their interests, and the art experience derives off of it, meaningful creativity will follow as each child can evolve into their own!

Art is an important part of children's creativity. Through art, children can express themselves through visuals, and in ways that they may not be able to communicate. As educators, we need to value the importance of exposing children to different art mediums, and the benefits it has on their development.
The following article is about art appreciation in elementary schools. Clink the link below and read the article!

Activities on Facebook
This online activity will involve you to log onto Facebook and visit my Facebook page. Click the link below to direct you to my page.


I have posted an art blog that a Kindergarten teacher has made. The blog is called Kindergarten Basics. Once you have found it, click the link and read the article. After reading it, comment underneath the post about your thoughts on the article.
Here is a great link that can be useful when planning art activities for children in school. These activities can be branched off into other subjects as well which are perfect in a classroom setting! Remember, just because you are conducting an art experience does not mean you are not touching upon other skills!

Based on the two articles and video posted on the previous slide, reflect on what you have learned about the impact art has on children and their development. This assessment will involve you to create your reflection piece on a Word document. Once you have completed your reflection, save it onto word, and email it
Every child has their own ways of expressing their creativity. Young children learn more through hands one experiences rather than verbal instruction. Art experiences can be created in the classroom or even outdoors! There are endless opportunities for children to develop through art!

Below is a link that will direct you to a website that provides information on materials that teachers can incorporate in art experiences, and ideas for extending these experiences outdoors! Click on the link and please read the article!


Importance of Art in School Curriculum
Based on what you have read for this learning outcome, create your own lesson plan integrating all developmental domains. Your art experience can be based on anything of your choice. Create a list of materials, set up of room, and learning objectives that will connect to each developmental domain. Create your lesson plan on a word document, and email it to
You COMPLETED each step to this module!

I hope you now have a better understanding of the importance of art education, and how educators can incorporate it into curriculum.

The following picture is a pin from my Pinterest board "Children and Art". Read the different captions for why art is important!
Click the link to see the full image

In today's society, social media has become a way of life. Social media has become a major impact on the way individuals network with other people. Today we are exposed to:

All of these different social media platforms are great ways to connect with others who have the same passion, ideas, and interests. Educators can use these different social platforms as resources for art activities, and gather ideas on incorporating art into the school curriculum.

You have completed the 1st Learning Outcome in this module!

You have completed the 2nd Learning Outcome of this module.

You have completed the 3rd Learning Outcome in this module.

You have completed the 4th Learning Outcome in this module.

You have completed the 5th Learning Outcome of this module.
Before beginning this module, click to the next slide to read introduction about art!
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