2. Using of art provides a useful change of pace.
3. Incorporating of art into the class or syllabus can take the students out of the classroom and encourage them to use their language skills in the real world.
4. Creating of art or even thinking about art can be very motivating. Especially for students who may struggle with read and respond activities. It can help put more emphasis on the ability to clearly express thoughts and ideas with skills other than writing or speaking.
5. Responding to and creating art has the potential to develop students’ creative and critical thinking skills.
6. Using of fine arts in the classroom offers students another level of connection to class materials (i.e. visual, auditory, kinesthetic).
ResourcesHere are some of the many resources available to educators wishing to integrate art into their curriculum.
Crayola.com - Lesson plans for PK-12
Scholastic.com - Strategies for Arts Integration PK-12
The Walters Art Museum - resources using visual arts to teach concepts of social studies, science, language arts and math curricula. Designed for middle school students but adaptable for elementary and high school, all content including the printable lessons and flash interactives align with the Maryland State Curriculum. Ideal for visual arts teachers who want to integrate the arts into other disciplines or for non-arts teachers who want to venture into the world of art. Activities can be assigned as homework or in-class assignments.
Note: These resources require both Adobe Flash and Reader.