Art integration is becoming more known widely and more respected with practice. This method of teaching and learning uses fine and performing arts for primary learning. Arts integration is used in an entirely different way than arts education. This is because of its inclusion of both arts discipline and a traditional subject as part of learning. An example is the use of improvisational drama to learn of the struggles in writing, science, and even civics.
This video takes you through the steps a school takes to appropriately utilize art integration. I highly suggest everyone to watch this especially if you wish to work with children in the future. (but you should watch it anyways if you are not!)
For me having Early Childhood studies as one of my disciplines, I am so excited about this. When I am working with children through arts I am constantly sharing with them other disciplines that they connect with. In fact when writing a lesson plan I write in any disciplines that the lesson connects with.
Can you recall any time in your schooling where you may have encountered art integration? I remember in my earlier school more specifically. When my teacher would show the class a picture and we would diagnose it. For example showing a picture of flowers and discussing which ones bees would be attracted to, and then going into a more science background.
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