Lara Kelley


Arr.GIF ETAP 623 Fall 2017 Section 7619

Arr.GIFMini-Course Homepage: Arts Integration in Every Classroom

Module One: What is Arts Integration and Why Should I Use It?

Module Two: Examples of Arts Integration

Module Three: Resources and Strategies For Arts Integration

Module Four: Using Arts Integration

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About Lara Kelley

With my daughter at an OM competetion

I attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Art Education. After subbing, managing a coffee shop, studying ceramics in Vancouver, CA and being a stay at home mom I have been fortunate enough to return to the classroom. In 2016, with 5 days before school started, I was hired to teach Middle School Art part time in Greenville Central Schools. It was a crazy year but a wonderful way to get back into the classroom. I currently teach Elementary Art in the same district. I also own my own business, creating and selling handcrafted functional stoneware pottery.

I am passionate about art and the process of creativity. It has the ability to expand worldviews and engage imaginations. I believe my job is to engage my students so they will appreciate and connect with art; learning something new about themselves and the world.

My Topic/Purpose

As an Art teacher I am passionate about the ways Art can benefit student's learning and emotional well-being. My mini course will cover how to and why you would want to integrate the Arts into your general education classroom. There are many 21st century skills that are enhanced through the Arts. Art and Art History will also create cross curricular experiences in ELA, History, Math and Science to help students retain their learning and encourage critical thinking. Additionally there are many emotional benefits for students who learn Art literacy and practice creative habits regularly.

Needs Assessment

Based on a survey conducted with current educators 68% say they use art integration in their classrooms. However over half of them utilize Art as a teaching tool once a month or less.

87% of respondents say that they know "a little bit" or less about Art Integration however when surveyed about which subjects Art could be beneficial in teaching 90% say it could be helpful in Math, 100% Science, 94% History, and 94% ELA.

These findings illustrate that there is an imbalance. Educators know Art Integration could be a beneficial teaching tool, however they don't use it.

When surveyed about how educators do use Art Integration, many listed drawing pictures to show what they learned in a story. While this can be a good tool to solidify reading comprehension, it also tells me that "Art" needs to be defined for educators.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

The intended audience of this course is general education teachers. Many of these teacher will have not heard of Art Integration or only have heard a little bit about it. However, hopefully after learning the benefits of Art Integration they will be inspired to use it in their own classroom. Ideally, learners who take this course would do so with a colleague so they can process the modules together through discussion. Learners who take this course must have access to a computer and word processor. They will be working at their own speed and will need to be self-driven since there is no feedback from an instructor, nor any sort of formal grade.

Performance Objectives

Upon Completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of using Art in general education classes as illustrated in course materials.
  • List emotional benefits for students who are engaged in Art after completing the mini course.
  • Identify ways to incorporate Art into their own classroom while going through the third section of the course.
  • Choose a lesson they currently teach and develop and Art Extension that they could use to enhance learning for that lesson.

Task Analysis

Module 1: What is Arts Integration and Why Should I Use It?

Module One Objective Participants will become familiar with the term Arts Integration and learn why it is used in the classroom.

  • Lesson One Objective: Participants will reflect on their own knowledge of Arts Integration and their definition of "Arts". They will make guesses about the uses of Arts Integration, then begin learning about the definition of Arts Integration.
  • Lesson Two Objective: Participants will be able to explain how Arts Integration can benefit learning and curriculum in the classroom.
  • Lesson Three Objective: Participants will be able to explain the social and emotional benefits of using Art Integration in the classroom.

Module 2: Examples of Arts Integration

Module Two Objective Participants will examine classrooms that use Art Integration to enhance learning.

  • Lesson One Objective Participants will list things that inspire them after watching a TED talk featuring a teacher who uses Arts Integration.
  • Lesson Two Objective Participants will review a sample lesson that uses Arts Integration and identify key details and strategies.
  • Lesson Three Objective Participants will watch a video from a classroom that uses Arts Integration and identify key details and strategies.

Module 3: Resources and Strategies For Arts Integration

Module Three Objective Participants will learn about resources and strategies they can use to incorporate the Arts into their own classrooms.

  • Lesson One Objective. Participants will identify and explore online resources that could be helpful in facilitating Arts Integration in their classrooms. These resources include sample lesson plans, graphic organizers and handouts.

Additionally, participants will examine 3-5 lesson plans listed in the "Sample Lesson Plans" section and identify qualities that make them successful lessons.

  • Lesson Two Objective. Participants will develop an understanding of Arts Integration by creating a list of possible lesson plans they can use in their classrooms.

Module 4: Using Arts Integration

Module Four Objective Participants will apply learned knowledge of Arts Integration benefits and techniques to create a lesson that can be used in the classroom.

Content Map

Click here to see a curriculum map for the course. File:Arts Integration Content Map.pdf

References and Resources

Arts Edge. (2017). Explaining Why: Creating a Rationale for Arts Integration. Retrieved from

Booth, David. (June 13, 2014). Response: The Role of Arts Education in Schools. Retrieved from

Butte County Office of Education. (n.d.) Arts Integration Checklist. Retrieved from

Ferlazzo, Larry. (June 13, 2014). Response: The Role of Arts Education in Schools. Retrieved from

Lightfoot, Amy. (2007). Art In the Classroom. Retrieved from

Riley, Susan. (November 30, 2012). Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core. Retrieved from