Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Notes and Ideas for Art Integration

Visual Arts
  • History Trading Cards
  • Mock protest/advocacy posters
  • Picture analysis (Cut a picture into four parts and have groups critically examine one part. Then, have all groups work collaboratively to explain the entire picture.)
  • Mock movie posters
  • Hide-and-seek in a picture (Have students pretend to shrink themselves and stand somewhere in the picture. They would then tell their classmates what they see, hear, smell, feel, hear while others try to guess their location.)
  • Cartoons/Comics/Graphic novels
  • Murals
  • Photos
  • Drawing/Paintings
  • Sculptures
  • Story maps
  • Architecture
Dramatic Arts (including dance)
  • Chautauqua performances/Character sketches
  • Living portraits (of famous art)
  • Frozen pictures (living portraits in which the student designs the image)
  • Freeze frames (multiple living portraits combined)
  • Create or re-create a dance from the time
  • Re-enact events/“Day-in-the-Life” Enactments
  • Write and perform skits and plays
  • Dramatic readings of primary source documents
  • Costume design (Have students design and sew period clothing)
  • Design and make props and backdrops for a stage performance
  • Musical Arts
  • Read lyrics of the time and create a word wall of historically relevant words
  • Construct a song using a musical score from the era
Written Composition Arts
  • Poetry
  • Novels/Short stories/Children’s books
  • Scripts (e.g., reader’s theater, movies, commercials, plays, news)
  • Mad libs
  • Book covers
  • Articles (e.g., magazines, newspapers)
  • Foldable reports
General Notes
  • “Rehearsing the imagination” can be accomplished freely in the virtual realm.” Take advantage of “technology’s ability for layering image, sound, [and] text in ways that engage learners, spark learning, and trigger curiosity.” (Donovan and Bellisaro)
  • Learning happens best when it involves “active doing and seeing.” (AccessArts)
  • Be mindful of the relationship between aesthetics, writing, and design. For example, make sure the graphics and text flow well together.
  • When working with art, recognize and discriminate among various colors, shapes, and textures in natural and man-made forms. (Fredrick Lanuza).
  • Many teachers are now including mixed-media, technology-based projects in their classrooms. One such example is a Facebook page replica to look as if it was between parties engaged in World War II. Additional examples recommended by Dr. Daniel Qualls include:

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