ARTintegration: Multidisciplinary Lessons that Teach Across the Curriculum Through Art
If you follow a unit study approach, or simply don't have time to incorporate a stand-alone art program in your curriculum, this is an incredible resource to "plug in art to your current curriculum. Subtitled "Multidisciplinary Lessons That Teach Across the Curriculum Through Art, this full-color resource holds 30 art lessons that tie in with math, science, language arts or history topics and include a variety of instructional material for the teacher. Written by a classroom teacher for classroom teachers, each lesson includes a list of the featured elements of art, materials used, suggested art works for reference, art vocabulary, discussion questions, national standards, learning objectives, background information, instructional steps for the project, alternate projects (for some lessons), and grading criteria; but this is all presented in brief, almost bullet-point format making it easy to read, peruse, and pick-and-choose what you want to use. Lessons include designing Gothic-style stained glass window with scratch art paper, drawing overlapping shapes using compass and protractors then coloring in with watercolor pencils, creating a cave-like painting of animals using sticks and neutral paints, color mixing by spraying simple marker designs with water, making a multi-media collage out of black paper, pastels, candy and candy wrappers to illustrate the poem, "The Sugar-Plum Tree by Eugene Field, illustrating the human anatomy with major organs and more. The art materials used range by lesson, and there are at least a handful that use scratch art paper. You will probably need to purchase some materials unless you have a well-stocked art area. In other cases, specific materials are suggested, such as Lick-A-Stick shapes, but you could cut shapes from construction paper and adhere with a glue stick instead. The projects are well-thought out and complement studies of other cultures, time periods, science topics and other academic subjects, but there is room to tweak and modify as desired based on the supplies and tools you have available, to modify for students of different ages or skill levels, or to adapt more specifically to a lesson. This would also be a great resource for an art co-op. 72 pages, spiral-bound.