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Integrating Art Across the Curriculum - Resources- Plans


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 11:32:35 PDT

Dear Art Educators,

Interdisciplinary Lessons is a topic folks want (from my survey results). I
am getting a jump start on this by looking at my Sax Catalog. Turn to pages
548 - 549 (phone 1-800-558-6696). Maybe some of you have used these
resources and can give your 2 cents worth. This is only a
for posts throughout the summer. Save this for future reference (in case I
don't have time to put it online).

Art and Literature:

Art Projects Plus! by Blount & Webb - Grades 1 thru 6. Introducing Art Form,
Media & Techniques with Children's Picture Books.
Use this comprehensive handbook as a guide to extend student's appreciation
of art.....dozens of classroom tested projects.....curriculum guide is
included. #572-1022 sells for only $12.95 (page 548)

Art Through Children's Literature: Creative Art Lessons for Caldecott
Books - by Englebaugh - grades K thru 6. Projects based on a variety of
popular, award winning Caldecott titles. Teach basic art principles and
elements...using a wide range of media...Step-by-step instructions &
materials list. #571-7533 sells for only $34.95 (Sax page 549)

And of course! MaryAnn Kohl's Storybook Arts (Just released!)

Excellent Unit for elementary:
Using Children's Literature and Art to Examine the African-American
Resistance to Injustice

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site:

Author's and Illustrators on the Web:
Children's Literature Web Guide

K-12 Literature - Lesson Plans & Classroom Activities:

Integrating Writing into the Art (LOTS available online)


MaryAnn Kohl Good Earth Art (pre-school/primary grades) (recycling) (try playground art)

MaryAnn Kohl Science Art (pre-school/primary grades) (weave a tricycle wheel or bike wheel)

Gizmos & Gadgets: Creating Science Contraptions that work by Hauser - Grade
2 thru 9.
Students will love exploring such scientific concepts of gravity, friction,
motion, balance and energy as they create their own awesome
gizmos...provides detailed, clearly illustrated instructions on how to make
50 amazing contraptions....Each project includes explanations of the
physical principles that make the gadget work.... #572-2095 sells for only
$12.95 (Sax page 549)

Art and Science by Strosberg - junior high to adult (might have some
adaptable to elementary)
(Math too) Throughout history, art and science have reflected similar values
and used parallel tools and methods...over 200 diagrams and
illustrations....focuses on the most illuminating intersections of the two
disciplines - how science has shaped architecture, how mathematical
principles have impacted design...(contains some classical nudity).
#571-7731 sells for only $39.95 (Sax page 549)

Art in Chemistry: Chemistry in Art - by Greenberg & Patterson - Grades 7
thru 12 (might have some adaptable to elementary). Unique Interdisciplinary
Resource. Contains dozens of hands-on activities and fascinating
demonstrations to integrate chemistry and art....learn fundamental
principles of both subjects....The art projects, many of which incorporate
art history, encourage creativity... #571-7863 sells for only $29.95 (Sax
page 549)
Book review:,1240,013863,00.shtm

Exploring Leonardo:

A New Perspective on Science and Art - Think Quest

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Man of Both Worlds


MaryAnn Kohl Math Arts (pre-school/primary grades) (sequencing - might be hard for you to
do photographs - kids could do drawings of events?)

Integrating Math across the Curriculum:

Mathematics Across the Curriculum:$10

Mathematics and Science Across the Curriculum:

Social Studies:

MaryAnn Kohl Global Art (pre-school/primary grades) (plaster disks can be used for

Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide by Carlson - grades K thru 6.
Re-create the long ago world of kings, jousts, magic fairies, and Robin
Hood -- al that's needed are easy to find materials. Over 100 illustrated
projects and games....Includes colorful facts about life in the Middle Ages
#572-3762 sells for only $15.95 (Sax page 548)

Culture Smart - by Rodriguez - Includes 40 full color slides (says for all
levels - but I imagine the projects are best for elementary thru middle
school). Ready to use curriculum contains over 120 hands-on activities to
introduce your students to art and culture around the world. Each unit
focuses on one of ten regions providing cultural background and a discussion
of artistic techniques...timelines, maps, patterns, handouts, design motifs
and more.... #572-7011 sells for $89.95 - a good deal when you consider the
cost of slides. (Sax page 549)

My site is packed full of cultural resources!

Native Americans Across the Curriculum: (3rd
Weaving American Indian Studies Across the Curriculum:

Mr. Donn's Ancient History:

Art Across the Curriculum:

Bridging the Curriculum through Art: Interdisciplinary Connections- by Pam
Stephens and Nancy Walkup (both Getty ArtsEdNet members). This one is sure
to be great! I imagine it would work for grades K through 8 (adaptable
ideas). Promotes the central role of art in the curriculum as a bridge to
unite content areas in logical and meaningful ways. Summarizes National
Content standards for visual arts, language arts, mathematics, performing
arts, social studies and science (that alone would be valuable to an art
teacher!). Second chapter describes how to develop art-based
interdisciplinary units - includes worksheets. The next five chapters cover
each of the five disciplines and how lessons are prepared to integrate them
with art. # 571 -3706 only $29.95 (Sax page 549)

Art Across the Curriculum - by Warrick - grades 5 thru 9 (I imagine some
would be adaptable to lower grades). Explore Fine Art with Cross-Curricular
Connections. Use artwork to involve students more deeply in science, math,
language arts, music, and social studies. Works of art were chosen for the
child appeal and interest, as well as ease they connect to many areas across
the curriculum. Each lesson focuses on one work and includes a short
biography of the artist, fact, ideas for discussing....and activities that
combine art with ideas and concepts from other disciplines. #571-3425 only
$19.95 (Sax page 549)

"Connecting": An Interdisciplinary Approach to Visual Learning - by Jean
Morman Unsworth 3 VHS Video Programs and Teacher's Guide - for grades K thru
6. A stimulating visual program that demonstrates relationships between life
and art....Videos are 40 minutes long. #586-1810 Sells for $159.95 (Sax page
549) Has anyone viewed these videos? Can you give a review?


Using Caldecotts Across the Curriculum (grades K-2) by Joan Novelli

Crayola Creativity Central -searchable data base

Smithsonian Institution:

Kennedy Center ArtsEdge (many interdisciplinary units):

EdSitement - many interdisciplinary units

Architecture Across the Curriculum:

Bridges to Art (downloadable manual)

Some helpful curriculum links:

Suggestions from NTIEVA

Browse some of these links (many interdisciplinary):

Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department