Thursday, February 19, 2015

In my last post I boosted about Art Integration. I wanted to take it a step further by developing an understanding of each discipline that plays a part in Art Integration. To recap. Arts integration is curriculum that integrates content and skills from the arts—dance, music, theater, and the visual arts—with other core subjects. Arts integration is the blending of the content and skills of an art form with those of a co-curricular subject. 
Through all the highlights and praises, Art Integration is a work in progress. Educators need to be properly 'trained' in art medias when teaching a subjects such as Math.  Where do schools get the funding for arts? Do the lesson plans fall in line with US department of Education curriculum guidelines? All these questions are not answered with one singular perspective. Critical pluralism is very important for this phenomenon because it takes in to consideration all disciplines perspectives. This allows for a smoother transition to becoming an interdisciplinarian.
The following chart I have created showcases the disciplines that fall in to Art Integration. As well as the perspectives on the issue, and how the perspective illumines the issue/subject as a whole.
Disciplines Potentially Relevant to the Issue of Art Integration.
Perspective on the Problem
How the Perspective Illuminates the Problem as a Whole
“Creative process as a means by which human experience can be articulated via a chosen medium.” (Repko p. 152)
Views Art Integration though visual arts (paint, clay, charcoal, stone, etc.)
Relates between visual arts history and issues of contemporary concern within Art Integration.

“Involves the creation of original dramatic works or acting and or producing such works” (Repko p. 152)
Views Art Integration through theater.
Relates between theatre history and issues of contemporary concern within Art Integration.
“Articulates observations on human experience via movement of the body.” (Repko p. 152)
Views Art Integration through dance.
Relates between dance history and issues of contemporary concern within Art Integration.
“Composition and or performance of music” (Repko p. 152)
Views Art Integration through Music.
Relates between music history and issues of contemporary concern within Art Integration.

“Social reality that includes the range and nature of the relationships that exist between people in any given society” (Repko p. 151)
Views Art Integration through a sociology phenomenon.
Allows for the community to be involved (stakeholders)
EDUCATION: Educators, Principle, Board members, students.
“Developmental and governed by linear and universal model of progress, civilization, democracy, rationally, and science.” (Repko p. 152)
Views the developmental benefits of Art Integration

Examines Art Integration through the appropriate guidelines of US department of Education.


  1. ARRGH! Good work on the chart, but I really can't read the rest because of the white highlighting error. Maybe this video will help if you have trouble fixing it?

  2. Thank you so much! I was really confused on why this would happen occasionally! VERY EASY FIX too :)

  3. Kim,

    This is such a great interdisciplinary subject to write about! All art forms are important for human development and experience, and to bring that expression into education is super exciting. Education (usually public schools) doesn't put enough emphasis on the arts, kind of tossing it to the side; there were talks of my high school making art classes optional for students. That kind of mindset is disheartening to me but the arts really shaped my high school experience and helped me find the work ethic I have now. Art Integration excites me too because it is an opportunity to explore all forms of artist expression as a whole. I am just imagining all the wonderful things that could come from this! And you did a really great job on your chart, making how each discipline ties in very clear. I want to know more about this subject and it would be fascinating to see how educators use it. Wonderful post!