Participation and involvement in different art forms create opportunities for students within the sphere of Art Integrated Learning. Students can exhibit their potentials to the audience, friends, parents and community with confidence provided they are allowed to display them without inhibitions.
Arts is an important part of a well-rounded education. Art is a particularly powerful tool of expression where it allows students to communicate their ideas, thoughts and learning through a lively medium. The creative works of children and adults exhibit that they can connect and communicate with abstract and concrete forms both effectively.
What is Art Integrated Learning?
The combination of one field with another in creating a new way and present it to the learners. Students are also given the opportunity to construct and demonstrate their understanding through various art forms. It encourages a culturally relevant, student-centered curriculum that authentically engages them and allows them to apply the content learned to their lives and in matters relevant to them.
The Arts Integration concept allows the teachers to bring creativity into the classroom and keep students engaged. Teachers then seek ways to bring connections between subjects and observe how students can find creativity bringing confidence and voice in their expression. In fact, higher analytical thinking and reasoning and student’s voice fit very well with the various arts.
Many schools are finding their visual, performing, and musical arts programs gaining impetus, and experiencing that exposure to the arts can students help with academics comprehensively. Schools are also researching on how to weave the arts into everything that students want to do and finding that the approach not only boosts academic achievement but also promotes creativity, self-confidence, and pride in students.
Drawing, Painting & Photography
Art becomes the powerful platform in which students integrate and retain what they are learning and create relevant artifacts. Students love to draw, paint or click pics of metros, space crafts, technology devices and every other thing that facilitate easy understanding.
Role Plays / Dramas
Plays make students better understand a story, character, or event. When they physically act it out, their listening, speaking, reading, and writing get in the process of being evolved and polished.
However, all students should be encouraged to participate. Students should be encouraged to work in groups collaboratively and bring forth their creativity.
Mirroring / Rendezvous
Having students take on the role of great characters, taking the ‘Hot Seat’ and answering the questions of audience make them set deep into the character understand and behave one like them.
Creating Tableaus / Scenes
Students can visualize and create scenes or a tableau to depict their vision/imagination. This helps them to sharpen their creative and imagination power. Representing an event or an incident in the story or text, helps to develop a fuller understanding and co relating life and literature.
Having students creating and recreating games is a very creative way to soar their imagination. Through games, various concepts are learnt unconsciously and retained by mind easily.
Dance is a beautiful form of bringing stories into action. It has an everlasting impact on students’ mind. Students will never forget the lessons as their mind and body both are involved in the learning process. Dance also involves movement and ‘freeze’ technique to understand historical/political figures, characters, and events. Students are allowed to create their own forms.
Music and Song
Music and songs help students to learn and retain concepts and information as they have a rhythm and help them keep humming. Songs can be created for nearly every concept using familiar tunes. They help students also develop and enhance auditory skills, intonation and tone besides helping them to create and construct language.
Incorporating Arts into curriculum ensure that the needs of learners are met. Hence, as a teacher of diverse learners, we provide different pathways for students to demonstrate what they know and bring out their latent talents. The arts integration thus brings creativity into the classroom and keeps students engaged.
However, adding art to the curriculum requires planning, but after it has been worked out, applying the knowledge in an integrated project helps students to fill the gaps, and allows educators to see where their intervention is needed. Surely, the advantages outnumber all the glitches.
Advantages of Integrating Arts
- The integration of art has not replaced valuable lessons but has strengthened its perspective to view and grasp the required concepts creatively.
- It has shown a positive effect not only in academics but has made a dramatic difference in students’ involvement in studies
- Art reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork
- Exposure to art boosts critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world
- Besides, creating a fun and engaging way to get students to learn concepts, Art helps them absorb new ways to express /present their knowledge
- Art helps children to develop creative problem-solving skills, motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making skills, risk-taking skills, and inventiveness
- It helps students feel good about themselves, develop abilities to observe and respond sensitively
- Art integrated learning develops aesthetic awareness and appreciation for the Arts
The words by Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education, very aptly sums up the crescendo of Arts Integration-
“I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.”