By: Shelbie Trest
Art for Elementary Teachers
October 11, 2013
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Many teachers are being asked to add art into their lesson plans, as a way to reinforce the subject material to their students. It can be easy to incorperate art into some subjects like history, but tyring to incorpotate it into other subjects like science can be more difficult. Though when you start looking at the technical side of art, from characteristics of materials, to using the scientific process, the possibilites are endless (Swanson).
Many children learn best from hands on activites and seeing the matierals for themsleves first hand. After learning how to teach color theory , instead of just telling the students how colors blend, one can go deeper and explain how their eye color is a pecieved. Students can then look into a partner’s eyes and tell how their eye color became depicted. Younger children may think all paint is the same, or may only know a few, but do not know the difference. One can teach their students about the different kinds of paints. These paints include water color, acrylics, latex and oil. A teacher can then let their students experiment with each kind of paint, and learn about their differences (Swanson).
Vincent Van Gogh is a Dutch post impressionist painter who has a tragically short career. His work represents the archetype of expressionism, the idea of emotional spontaneity in painting. Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Holland. He was the eldest son of six children in the family, and his father was a Dutch Protestant pastor. By the age of 27 he had been a salesman ...
After a long day in the classroom many students would love to go outside and learn something in that environment. One could introduce artists of the past that have studied nature. John James Audubon and Leonardo da Vinci both were scientist of art, studing the world around them. Students can do the same by documenting some of the things around them in nature and relate them to the scientific perspective. Students can keep a journal just as Da Vinci did about sketching animals and trees leaves from the sky.
A fourth way to incoporperate art is to have students understand the different parts of the cell. Children can build an edible three-dimensional cell. Once can make small bowls of jello,
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then letting the students use different types of candy to represent different cell parts. Having the children to make a key to represent what each candy represents (Earth Changing).
Many children love to see optical illusions and know exactly how they work. This is a wonderful example on how to incorporate art into the science classroom. These are fascinating to many children and are great ways to teach scientific principles. This teaches them how the brain and eye work together in a fun way (Swanson).
There are many ways that a teacher can use art to teach any lesson for any subject. I believe this is a wonder way for children to learn many lessons.
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Earth changing surface. “Discovering science through art-based activites” 10 October 1013.
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As funding for education is decreased in certain areas and put to other uses, classes such as art and music have peen put on the back shelf. The idea is that they are not quite as important to a child's education as English, history, math, and science. Obviously, teachers of artistic classes feel that their jobs are important to the learning and development of the children that they work with, but ...
Swanson, Becca. “12 ways to integrate science in the art curriculum.” 10 October 2013.