Art Matters: Strategies,Ideas,and Activities to Strengthen Learning across the Curriculum

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This collection of ideas and lesson plans will help classroom and homeschool teachers integrate art into their general curriculum. These inventive and effective methods use the visual arts to inspire creative writing and drama; explore math, music, science, and history; and cultivate critical thinking skills. Art instructors will learn strategies for incorporating other areas of study into the art classroom. Ranging from thought-provoking suggestions to concrete, hands-on lesson plans, these activities include an...

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Overview

This collection of ideas and lesson plans will help classroom and homeschool teachers integrate art into their general curriculum. These inventive and effective methods use the visual arts to inspire creative writing and drama; explore math, music, science, and history; and cultivate critical thinking skills. Art instructors will learn strategies for incorporating other areas of study into the art classroom. Ranging from thought-provoking suggestions to concrete, hands-on lesson plans, these activities include an extensive resource list for classroom teachers without an art background.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569761298
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 739,070
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Prince is an art specialist at Sycamore School for the Gifted and has received national recognition for her art curriculum. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Nature of Art Education 2
The Importance of Art Education 4
About Art Matters 6
Resources for Art Integration 10
Suggestions for Handling Nudity in Artworks 12
Part 1 Concept-Based Integration 15
Chapter 1. Concepts and Terminology 17
Elements and Principles 17
Integrating Art Principles and Elements across the Curriculum 21
Methods of Criticism 22
Integrating Criticism across the Curriculum 24
Chapter 2. Aesthetics and Philosophy 25
Integrating Philosophy across the Curriculum 27
Chapter 3. Research 29
Integrating Research across the Curriculum 31
Chapter 4. Symbolism 33
Integrating Symbolism across the Curriculum 34
Propaganda and Politics in Art 36
Integrating a Study of Propaganda across the Curriculum 37
Chapter 5. Creativity 39
Art Projects That Enhance Creativity 39
Integrating Creativity across the Curriculum 40
Chapter 6. Technology and Invention 43
Integrating Technology across the Curriculum 44
Chapter 7. Affective Education 45
A Word about Self-Esteem 46
Integrating Affective Education across the Curriculum 48
Part 2 A Disciplinary Approach 49
Chapter 8. Social Studies 51
Create a Culture 51
Version 1 Space Souvenirs 51
Version 2 Buried Artifacts 53
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Qualities of Art Pieces 54
The Blue Pot Culture 54
Introducing Tribal and Folk Arts 57
Format of Tribal and Folk Art Units 58
Pre-Columbian Studies: Huichol Yarn Painting 59
African Tribal Arts: Mask Drawings 62
Native American Art: Pottery Making 64
Oriental Art 67
Chinese and Japanese Brush Painting 67
Chapter 9. History 69
An Integrated Approach to Art History 70
Prehistory 71
Cave Paintings 72
Ancient Egypt 73
Egyptian Figure Paintings 74
Egyptian Cartouches 79
Egyptian Scarabs 79
Classical Greece and Rome 80
Theater Masks 80
Paper Mosaics 83
The Middle Ages 84
Manuscript Illumination 85
The Renaissance 88
The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 89
Self-Portrait 90
The Age of Revolution 92
Age of Revolution Project Ideas 93
1875 to the Present 94
Projects for Contemporary Art 97
Chapter 10. Language Arts 99
Creative Writing 99
Word Lists and Poetry 100
Fiction Writing 103
Book Publishing 105
Writing and Illustrating a Children's Book 106
Autobiography 108
Journaling 110
Symbolism 110
The Arnolfini Marriage 110
Vanitas Paintings 112
Foreign Languages 113
Project Ideas 113
Chapter 11. Science 115
The Science of Light 116
The Physics of Light 116
Qualities of Light 120
Complementary Colors 121
Applications of Complementary Colors 124
Fun with Complements 126
The Brain in the Sistine Chapel Ceiling 128
Physics in Architecture 129
Understanding Flying Buttresses 129
Other Ideas 130
Chapter 12. Mathematics 133
Geometry 134
Introducing Geometric Shapes 134
Piet Mondrian Creations 136
Symmetry 136
Symmetry and Line in String-Pull Art 137
Split-Face Art 139
Positive and Negative Shapes 141
Mirror-Image Symmetry 142
Mirror-Image Scenes 143
Perspective 145
Demonstration: Moving Objects Farther Away 146
Horizon Lines and Vanishing Points 146
Drawing in Perspective Lines 147
Scenery in Perspective 148
Still Life 148
Tessellation 150
Index Card Tessellation 151
Ratios and Focusing 153
Enlargement Using Ratios 153
Grid Enlargements 155
More Fun with Ratios 157
Other Possible Projects 157
Chapter 13. Performing Arts 159
Music 159
Drawing to Music 159
Music Videos 161
Native American Instruments 162
Music Manuscript Illumination 163
Music and Art Vocabulary 164
Illustrations of Musical Instruments or Performances 164
Dance 165
Sketching a Dancer 165
Drawing Dance Class 167
Dance Sculptures 167
Other Dance Ideas 168
Drama and Speech 169
References and Resources 171
Works Cited 171
Basic Resource Books 171
Books on Specific Topics 172
Magazines 173
Websites 173
Videos, Filmstrips, and Kits 174
Publishers and Mail-Order Companies 175
Index 177
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