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Art Integration Strategies

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Amber Nicole Kettinger

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Art Integration Strategies
Importance of Fine Arts Integration
Some people and possibly future teachers might ask the questions concerning or along the lines of, what is arts integration? How can it be done properly and benefit the not only the students, but the teachers as well? It is a known fact that funding for the arts and its subsequent education has been cut, and in many schools the arts programs are rarely if ever even offered to the students anymore. This can be allocated to high-stakes testing and other core subjects taking priority. Throughout this presentation, viewers will see how it is possible to integrate arts in the curriculum, how to do it correctly, and examples that can be used within lessons. For new teachers, this presentation can serve as a wonderful opportunity to provide the knowledge for the adjustment to the focus on the school-wide arts curriculum to help students have a higher academic achievement.
Integrated Examples
The following examples demonstrate how visual arts can be integrated into each of the core subject areas (language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies).
Differentiated Instruction
When integrating visual arts with core subject instruction, educators expand the possibilities available to them when it comes to differentiating instruction. Ways this is possible include:
Pairing English Language Learners (ELLs) with strong English speakers or bilingual peers.
Providing students with disabilities additional time to complete their assignment.
Pre-cutting any materials that may be used during the visual art activity.
Pairing ELL students or students with disabilities with the teacher or teacher's aid for individual assistance or instruction.
Limit the number of steps in the art activity to prevent students with disabilities from getting overwhelmed.
Management Strategies, Techniques, Display Opportunities, & Resources
Fine arts integration has the potential to engage, inspire, and enrich students' learning. Integrating the fine arts (drama, music, visual art, dance/movement, literary art) will provide students with a deeper more meaningful understanding of content material while engaging students and developing their creativity (Augustine, 2015). As stated previously, this presentation can serve as a wonderful opportunity to provide knowledge and examples of how and why fine ares integration will help students reach a higher academic achievement. Students who are actively engaged in the lerning and creative process are more liekly to succeed. Therefore, teaching with purposeful mearning through fine arts integration will facilitate a deeper more meaningful understanding of the content material and actively engage student creativity.
Language Arts
Students will write a descriptive essay about their favorite location. Students will use oil pastels to create a two-dimensional representation of the location written about in their essay.
Students will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. In a whole group discussion, students will reflect on the story and the stages the caterpillar went through. To demonstrate understanding, students will independently use tissue paper collage techniques to create the three stages the caterpillar went through (the lifecycle of a butterfly).
Students will review basic shapes and create a Venn diagram identifying their similarities and differences. Students will then create different mosaics by cutting out multiple shapes using colored construction paper and piece them together to create multiple patterns.
Social Studies
Students will research a famous European artist from the 15th through 19th century. Students will write an essay about that artists life, artistic style, and what inspired them. Students will then create a visual art piece using any medium demonstrating the techniques used by that artist.
There are several factors that are required in order for a lesson to be successful. One of these factors is the management strategies used in order to maintain order with materials and students in the classroom. The following are examples of how this can be accomplished when integrating some of the visual arts lessons shared in this presentation:
Students will be advised to stay in their assigned seating during each lesson.
Students will be advised how to properly use oil pastels. In addition, students will be advised to only use paint as it is intended.
There are several techniques that students can use when creating a visual arts piece. Dependant upon the maturity level of the students, their ability to use certain materials, and the teachers willingness to teach them the techniques, educators can integrate these techniques as activities in their lessons. A variety of mediums and tools can be used to accomplish the desired result. These techniques include the following (Cornett, 2015):
The following list demonstrates a few of the ways students can display their visual arts activities.
Students will display their artwork in the hallways of their school.
Students will display their artwork at a local art museum.
Students will display their artwork at a local fair, community art show, or local library.
Augustine, E. (2015). Drama Integrated Lesson Plan. EDU 435, Unpublished manuscript, University of
Colourlovers. (2012). Image. [Eric Carle with his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.] Retrieved from http:
Cornett, C.E. (2015). Creating Meaning through Literature and the Arts: Arts Integration for Classroom
Teachers (5th ed.). Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database
Eric-Carle.com (n. d.). How I paint my tissue paper. Retrieved from http://www.eric-carle.com/
Graziano, A. (2013). Image. [Art displayed in school hallway.] City Art Teachers Curate Exhibit Featuring
Young Artists. Retrieved from http://www.gazettenet.com/home/4577018-95/art-teachers-students
Hall, J. (2013). Image. [Mosaics out of construction paper.] Mosaic Landscapes. Retrieved from http://art
History of Paintings. (n.d.). Image. [Painting of Mona Lisa] History of Paintings. Retrieved from
Shariborken. (2010, November 1). How to Use Oil Pastels [Video file]. Retrieved from YouTube website:
Tampa Bay Times (2013). Image. [Students writing.] Retrieved from http://www.tampabay.com/news/
The Eric Carle Museum (2012). Image. [Art supplies.] Retrieved from http://www.carlemuseum.org/
WikiHow (n. d.) Image. [Blending iol pastels.] Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Draw-WIth-Oil
Write Express (2015). How to write a descriptive essay. Retrieved from http://
Eric Augustine, Amber Kettinger, Alexandra Neal, and Theresa Unger

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July 13, 2015

Professor Shannon Kraeling
Visual Arts Rationale
The rationale for arts integration is that there is research out there that has proven that students who perform in the arts tend to have a higher achievement in the academics. Students who partake in the arts also tend to have more overall confidence and can usually find creative strategies for problems, not to mention the students can use higher order thinking skills in various subjects. Students are also more interested in the lessons and will thus be engaged which can mean fewer opportunities to misbehave. By emphasizing the Visual Arts, students are getting a hands-on education. Students who partake in the Visual Arts (and the other art forms) tend to score not only higher on tests, but have an overall higher academic achievement than those who do not. It should also be noted that humans, by nature tend to be beings who are visual and the evidence has been there throughout history with what is known as images that can be seen. The Visual Arts can help students pay more attention to detail, respect for diversity within society, and can drastically reduce problems related to behavior in the classroom. There are many other reasons, but, those that were highlighted appear to be the most important (Cornett, 2015).
Online Resources
1. How to Write a Descriptive Essay –
This website will be used as a review for writing a descriptive essay. The information on this site includes identifying what should be described in a descriptive essay, suggestions for how to identify why you are writing a descriptive essay, suggestions for how you should write a descriptive essay, and tips for planning, drafting, and revising your essay.

2. How to Use Oil Pastels

This YouTube video will be used to show students techniques they can try using when they are creating their two-dimensional representation of the location they wrote about in their descriptive essay.

3. How I Paint My Tissue Paper –
This web site contains a slide show that shows the steps Eric Carle takes to create his colorful tissue paper images. This slide show will be used to motivate students prior to creating their version of the three stages the caterpillar went through.
Community Resources
1. Local art museum –
Students will take a field trip to the local art museum where they will have the opportunity to view different works of art created with a variety of techniques. While at the library students will create a display using the artwork they created in the local young artists section. The student’s works of art will be on display for museum goers to admire.
Drawing with
Oil Pastels
The following are examples of how online and community resources can enhance some of the visual arts integrated lessons shared in this presentation.
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