Arts Integration Across The Curriculum

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Follow this link to find out about the 10 Lessons the arts teach according to Eliot Eisner -
This pdf file courtesy of the National Art Education Association.

Here is a link to "New Horizons In Learning" with a great collection of articles about integrating the arts! The same site has a link to "Teaching and Learning Strategies". In this area of the website you will find information on some of the best researched and the most widely implemented methods of helping all students to learn more successfully. Browse the entire site for more very interesting perspective!

Cool Tools For Schools Wiki offers links to many great visual tools. Follow the links below to grab a few!

Image Tools
Drawing Tools

Why Teach the Arts in Our Schools?

"We can see the future of our students by examining our own lives. The things we value as adults will eventually become the things valued by our youth. Therefore I question schools which omit, or minimalize, the importance of the arts in all forms (music, art, theater, and dance). The essence of all art is creativity. In order to be creative students must practice imagination, focus, determination, improvisation, flexibility, constructive reasoning, and many other very important human attributes. Again, examine your adult life; how often have you had to use these skills to overcome important situations? Now, reevaluate the importance of the arts in our schools."

Posted by Rick Auvil at Edutopia in response to:

Sage Advice: Deciding What Students Learn - What factors should drive the curriculum we teach?
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"PhotoShop" Style Extensions and Resources

BeFunky makes it easy to get photos from your computer or your favorite web sites. then you apply special photo effects to make them extra special! Easy to use and fun!. Thanks to Kris T. for the tip about Befunky! You gotta try this!

"Make picture collages in less than a minute with just a few mouse clicks"

The Digital Commons at Penn State - This is an extensive library of free media resources!

All Is Well with Arts Education? Not So Fast

This article offers a few interesting insights into the NAEP Results


Kennedy Center Arts Edge

Integrated Lesson Search allows you to choose your subject,choose the arts subject you'd like to integrate, choose your grade level, and search the database!

Try it - you'll like it!

Interesting Links - Mathematics and Art

From the American Mathematical Society -

Mathematics and Art

  1. Introduction
  2. Mathematical tools for artists
  3. Symmetry
  4. Mathematical artists and artist mathematicians
  5. Polyhedra, tilings and dissections
  6. Origami
  7. References
Mathematics and Art - Perspective
Using Math to Generate Choreographic Variations
Mathematics and Architecture


Tesselations This is a nice introductory website!
From the website - This site is a dedicated graphics site and not intended as a mathematical treatise. As M.C.Escher said, "Mathematicians go to the garden gate but they never venture through to appreciate the delights within."
A bit more mathematical twist on tessellations can be found here!
Sub links at the Geometry In Art site include:

Music Tools at

Cool Tools For Schools Wiki

Explore Careers In The Arts!

Visual Arts Career Guide at the Vocational Information Center
Performing Arts Career Guide at the Vocational Information Center
Broadcast, Media and Journalism Career Guide at the Vocational Information Center
Photography and Film Career Guide at the Vocational Information Center
Graphic Design and Printing Career Guide at the Vocational Information Center

Geography and History in Art and Song

A great lesson idea appears at the National Geographic website!
Art works, particularly paintings, can reveal a good deal of information about places and what they looked like in the past. This lesson has students look at some historical paintings on the Internet and describe the things the paintings reveal about the places they depict.

The lesson extension takes students into the realm of musical places. This could also be a separate lesson!

Why Integrate the Arts? Part One

The arts are academic. A unique vocabulary exists for a variety of art forms. Problems in the form of creation, re-creation, or performance challenge students of the arts. Finally, a great endowment of work and knowledge is available to help learners solve those problems. The preceding statements also apply to every other academic subject taught in the school curriculum. True integration will enable educators to seek commonalities and expand the creative ability learners in all academic arenas.

R. Auvil

Why Integrate the Arts? Part Two

Great artistic achievements contour human development with good reason; humans are the only life form to practice the creative arts placing value their own creations. Great art can be a unique personal expression or a broad ubiquitous declaration. The study of the history, creativity, and culture in the arts presents human society with a snapshot of itself as it evolves. This evolving culture may be unique to a segment of society in a given era, or an expansive cross-cultural phenomenon developing through centuries. The study of the arts presented to students through appreciation, creation, and authentic performance promotes the understanding of continuous tradition, societal value, and multicultural understanding. Educators should impart an understanding of the principles of appreciation, preservation, and performance at every opportunity.

R. Auvil

Why Integrate the Arts? Part Three

With respect to creativity, no academic subject stands alone. Intellectual diversity is vital to development of a creative mind. Solutions to society’s greatest artistic, cultural, and social challenges are born of academic talent, curiosity, and intellectual pluralism. Quality art works will survive society's tests of distinctiveness, usefulness, aesthetic beauty, and criticism. A quality academic system will incorporate creative, artistic, and practical learning as a showcase for knowledge and a bridge to real life experience
R. Auvil

Why Integrate the Arts? Part Four

Our educational system should be a direct reflection of the values of the community, but it should also reach far beyond to identify significant human accomplishment across all cultures in all academic arenas. As we move toward globalization, it is increasingly important to learn how culture has inspired the people of the world. Understand the cultures of the world and you will understand its peoples. The language of art transcends cultural differences to define and preserve the human experience. We should embrace the history of human inspiration expressed through creative artistic vision.

R. Auvil