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I have been teaching a H.S. course which integrates chemistry and art and we
call it KALEIDOSCOPE. Been teaching it for three years as a yearlong
accredited course and two years before that as a pilot.
The course is entirely team taught with both me (art) and the chem teacher in
the room at all times. We have structured it around authentic assessment (NO
TESTS) integrated thinking, Learning style theory and also attack
stereotypes for both art and science as well as gender! It's been very
successful and what's great is the kids tell us they become more open-minded.
Guess I disagree that our job is preserving integrity in art by teaching it
without integration so it doesn't weaken the content. At high school level,
any way I can lead them toward success in life is valid. I do it THROUGH art
not FOR art. For those who have a future career in art in mind, it makes
them more confident in their chioce because art's not just for the nebulous
misunderstood few. For those who will go in other directons, art is not an
alien being that they cannot approach anymore. Kaleidoscope gets kids who
wouldn't take art becaus they don't feel capable into the art room. Some of
them are science kids. Some of them wouldn't characterize themselves as
capable in either science or art! It's exciting. Lee