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Arts integration is a student centered pedagogy that combines teaching in two or more subject areas. Integrated instructions allows students to gain a deeper understanding of important concepts among multiple subjects. Such an approach allows students to apply knowledge learned in one area to another area. In arts integration, the arts constitutes one or more of the subject areas (dance, music, theatre, visual arts). Arts integration helps to reaffirm the relevance of the arts in school curriculum. ("What is integrated," 2009).

  • An integrative approach to teaching connects visualization with reading comprehension, contextualizes math, or brings an experiential context to the science or social studies classroom.
  • Using the arts can assist students in understanding and applying skills to standardized exams.
  • Focus and concentration can be developed through an appreciation and application of different learning styles, such as linguistic, visual or kinesthetic thinking.
  • Through the connection of personal experience with the subject matter, and an emphasis on the process of discovery which allows for unexpected outcomes, teachers help students to develop more complex thinking skills.
  • Through the integration of perception into cognition, and expression into reflection, students perform at a significantly higher level ("Arts Integration,")


Explanation of Arts Integration from the Executive Director of Creative Directions:

Demonstration of an Integrated Arts Lesson:

Blogs and Websites:

ArtsEdge is a website created by the Kennedy Center. It is full of rich integrated arts information for both teachers and students.

A Blog from the Integrated Arts Academy. Contains great examples of students' integrated arts projects as well as how teachers use integrated arts.

Some helpful strategies and interesting ideas regarding how to employ Integrated Arts


A “How To” for how to plan a lesson using integrated arts:



An example of how middle schoolers learned the concepts of diameter and radius through the shapes and sounds of Balinese musical instruments.


Even though some district budgets no longer allow for art programs, many schools are infusing arts into main subjects such as math, social studies, english, and science


An example of first graders using art to show contour lines in their environment ("Integrated arts academy," 2012).

This piece is not just art for the sake of art. It is an integrated lesson on art elements lesson combining shape, contour lines, and seasons.


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More examples of integrated art lessons

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“The Thief”Art Form: Portraits
Medium: Colored pencil
Concept: Characterization
“Where the Action Is”Art Form: Horizon Line
Medium: Chalk Pastel
Concept: Setting
“Ribbajack”Art Form: Line
Medium: Marker
Concept: Poetry
“Eaglecrest Reflection”
Art Form: Drawing
Medium: Colored Pencil
Concept: Poetry
“Alaskan Action Figure”Art Form: Sculpture
Medium: Miscellaneous
Concept: Southeast Alaska Native Groups
(Art is elementary, 2012)


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