Arts Integration

"Arts integration brings all learning styles together, helping to ensure that all students will be successful." - Tamara Mills, Coordinator of Fine Arts

Arts integration (or arts immersion) is a powerful and effective approach to teaching and learning. According to Arts Edge, an arts education website for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, "Arts integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both." Visit Kennedy Center.

Multi-School Arts Integration Project Example

A successful multi-school project combined arts integration, interdisciplinary studies, technology integration, and STEM instruction to teach students the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards to kindergarten and high school students. The project involved these students and steps:

  • Kindergraten students created a two-dimensional painting of a monster after reading Mercer Mayer's "There's a Nightmare in My Closet." They used organic and geometric shapes and primary and secondary colors to create their unique monster.
  • High school students from Snow Hill High School's After School Academy took the monster paintings and created three-dimensional dolls which replicated the designs of their kindergarten innovators.
  • High school students in Worcester Technical High School's Interactive Media Production class constructed packaging for the Monsters Inside project.