As the new school year approaches I have been reviewing my resources for implementing arts integration in my classroom. I am also the Arts Integration Liaison for my school, so teachers come to me frequently with questions about connecting the arts to our core content. Over the years, I have read many textbooks and resources, and found some of them to be very valuable. I refer to them 0ften while planning and thought they might help anyone trying to start an arts integration program or classroom teachers who want useful information without having to read through tons of literature. So here they are!
1. Handbook for K-8 Arts Integration: Purposeful Planning Across the Curriculum by Nan L. McDonald (Aug 13, 2009)
This is a short planning guide for a complete arts integration program with fantastic classroom examples and lesson plans.
2.Creating Meaning through Literature and the Arts: Arts Integration for Classroom Teachers (with MyEducationLab) (4th Edition) (Pearson Custom Education) by Claudia E. Cornett (Apr 10, 2010)
Claudia E. Cornett is a leader among arts integration researchers and wrote this book which is great for teachers who are starting out. There are sections for each of the arts with many activities that can be tried quickly and easily in the classroom. I love the resources she lists for other books and websites.
Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum, K-8 by David M. Donahue and Jennifer Stuart (Jun 2, 2010)
I give this book to my staff when they have questions about the theory and research behind arts integration. However, it also has great ideas for classroom activities and lessons.
Art Is Fundamental: Teaching the Elements and Principles of Art in Elementary School by Eileen S. Prince (Jul 1, 2008)
This book is fantastic because it teaches you how to teach the elements of art to students. It’s like a crash course in art techniques for non-artists. My art teacher recommended it to me and I have used it continuously.
There are others but these are the ones I love.
I bought them all on Amazon and my school has copies in the library for everyone to use. You don’t have to read them cover to cover, I promise. But they are really useful when planning lessons, gathering ideas, or implementing a program. Integrating the arts into the regular classroom can be daunting and some people just need a place to start. Try these out and see what the hype is all about!
Jaime Patterson is the Executive Director of Creative Affairs for EducationCloset. She is passionate about supporting educators in their pathway to teaching and learning through arts integration and STEAM.