Arts Integration: Resource Roundup
All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos. (Updated: 10/2013)
Resources by Topic:
- Linking Arts and Core Curriculum
- Arts as Enrichment
- Art and Technology
- From STEM to STEAM
- Other Resources from Edutopia
- Additional Resources on the Web
Linking Arts and Core Curriculum
- Project-Based Learning as a Context for Arts Integration, by Andrew Miller (2013)
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller shares how PBL can serve as a dynamic context for arts integration.
- Creating Successful Collaborations, by Joshua Block (2013)
Humanities teacher Joshua Block explains how he brings artists and experts into the classroom to give his students authentic experiences in creative collaboration.
- Music and the Spirit of Schools, by Mark Phillips (2013)
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips provides many inspiring examples about the importance of music - particularly classical music - and the enrichment it provides across all curriculum areas and at all levels of a school's culture.
- Seven Free Jazz Resources and Websites for Educators, by Matt Davis (2013)
Edutopia's Matt Davis combs the web for some useful and fun resources to make jazz music come alive for your students.
- Classroom Connections: Arts Integration Up Close, by Bob Lenz (2013)
Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz profiles how a California elementary school used music, dance, and visual arts to connect the content-learning in all its classrooms.
- Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core, by Susan Riley (2012)
Arts Integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.
- School Transformation Through Arts Integration, by Edutopia Staff (2012)
Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration -- along with academics and discipline -- are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts across all subject areas. "The Social and Emotional Benefits of Being Weirdly Creative," a blog from Edutopia's David Markus, is a popular piece from this package. Also, be sure to check out the video, "Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning," and "A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration," by Vanessa Vega.
- Mixing Art + Politics -- Integrated Studies in High School, by Edutopia Staff (2011)
Teachers Dayna Laur and Katlyn Wolfgang share their strategies for creating successful integrated studies projects in this Schools That Work video. Also check out the companion article from Edutopia's Mariko Nobori.
Arts as Enrichment
- Mixed-Ability Dance: Helping Students with Special Needs Grow and Learn, by Karen Peterson (2013)
Dance company founder Karen Peterson shares the inspiring benefits of inclusive dance education for students with disabilities.
- Mirror on the Wall: Public Art and the Face(s) of Youth, by Melanie Manuel (2012)
High school teachers Joshua Block and Melanie Manuel helped their students find visibility and voices through a public art project on a Philadelphia street.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Color Theory, by Amy Borovoy (2012)
Whether you're looking through the lens of science, art, or philosophy, lessons around color can be engaging and fun. VideoAmy has gathered a playlist of videos about color to get your creative juices flowing.
- The Creativity Index: No Artist Left Behind, by Mark Phillips (2012)
Blogger Mark Phillips compares the theory behind a proposed U.S. "Creativity Index" with the proven results of Venezuela's "El Sistema."
- Kids Like Blues: Using Music and Video to Rock Your Classroom, by Jon Schwartz (2012)
Teacher and musician Jon Schwartz tells the amusing and inspiring story (with generous video examples) of how he turned the blues into an effective pedagogy for his first graders.
- Visual Art as Critical Thinking, by Andrew Miller (2011)
In this blog post, author Andrew Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.
- Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character, by Maurice Elias (2011)
Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias writes about the connection between music and academic performance in this blog. Another great Edutopia resource for music in academics is the video, "Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement."
- Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement, by Edutopia Staff (2009)
This video highlights Corbett Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, a school that employs a program called Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA) to infuse the arts in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Be sure to check out the associated resources.
Art and Technology
- Computers and Fabrication: Revolutionizing the Art World, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz opens our eyes to the evolving world of art and how creativity, now more than ever, holds an important place in our children's education.
- Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs, by Jonathan Olsen (2013)
History teacher, curriculum coordinator, and NY Times contributor Jonathan Olsen introduces us to the six-word memoir, a simple, concise language arts tool for sharpening student focus.
- National Poetry Month: Poetry and Technology, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz helps us celebrate National Poetry Month with some of her favorite technology tools.
- Digital Poetry, by Terry Heick (2012)
Blogger Terry Heick opens our eyes to the directions in which poetry is expanding on the digital frontier.
- Why Digital Writing Matters in Education, by Jeff Grabill (2012)
Professor, researcher, and ed tech developer Jeff Grabill explains that, while writing is no longer exclusively about setting pen to paper, learning to write well is an increasingly important digital age skill.
- Eight Ways to Use Video With English-Language Learners, by Larry Ferlazzo, Katie Hull Sypnieski (2012)
Authors Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share some practical tips that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for ELA K-6. The blog explains critical pedagogy as well as how to use technology to dub new audio into existing video.
- Animating Dreams: The ACME Animation Program, by Edutopia Staff (2006)
This video follows several high school students who draw on the expertise of professional cartoonists through an online mentorship program.
From STEM to STEAM
- STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Strong Economy, by John Maeda (2012)
John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum - and turning STEM into STEAM.
- Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through "Making", by AnnMarie Thomas (2012)
The executive director of the Maker Education Initiative and former engineering professor and describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.
- Humanities in the Twenty-First Century, by Bill Smoot (2011)
The humanities teach students critical thinking and historical perspective, two crucial skills for success in our ever-accelerating future.
- Connecting STEM and Arts (TEAMS) to Spur U.S. Innovation, by Jim Brazell (2010)
Guest blogger Jim Brazell writes about the need for the arts in STEM subjects -- or TEAMS, a variant of STEAM -- in this five-part series.
Other Resources from Edutopia
- Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration, by Doug Keely (2012)
Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.
- Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best, by Fran Smith (2009)
In this article, Fran Smith discusses the importance of the art and music for student development, the connection between arts education and academic achievement, and efforts to revive arts education in schools.
- Art in Schools Inspires Tomorrow's Creative Thinkers, by Jeffrey T. Schnapp (2009)
Jeffrey T. Schnapp, director of the Stanford Humanities Lab at Stanford University, discusses art's role in fostering ingenuity, innovation, creativity, and flexible and imaginative thinking.
- Art/Music/Drama Community Group
Edutopia's community is a great source for additional resources and inspiration related to teaching the arts and arts integration.
- Arts Integration on Pinterest
Visit Edutopia's pinterest board for useful resources and ideas on how you can integrate the arts into the classroom.