Arts Education and Integrated Learning is the area of learning that is based upon many things, but is definable as: Instruction and programming in any arts area — including the performing arts (dance, music, theater) and visual arts, creative writing, media arts, history, criticism, and aesthetics.
Within schools the visual and performing arts can be delivered by any number of people, including;
- Arts Educator
- Teaching Artist
- Classroom Teacher
- Arts Specialist
- Physical Education Teacher
- Dance forms may differ, but a comprehensive approach includes a standards-based, sequential approach by a qualified instructor as part of the core curriculum.
According to de Francisco, art education is a body of knowledge, experience, tradition and practice peculiar to itself, and also related to and a part of general education. It aims to satisfy an insistent urge, creative activity, and influence on society. Through the arts, students are given experiences through which they can express themselves, solve problems, understand and appreciate their surroundings, their history and the contributions of many cultures.
Education in art takes place across the life-span. As a result, children, youth, and adults learn about art while at school, after school, community-based organizations, and art institutions such as dance companies museums, local arts agencies, recreation centers, places of worship, social service agencies, and even in prisons/jails among many other possible venues.
Charles Chip Mc Neal signing Stand By Me in ASL with Rosa Parks Dance Club
What is integrated arts education?
Arts Integration is…
“Instruction that is integrated combines teaching in two or more subject areas. The purpose of integrated instruction is to help students gain a deep understanding of an important concept that is common to all the subjects involved. Student work is geared to specific goals and assessments in those subject areas. By combining knowledge and thinking in different disciplines, students learn to apply knowledge learned in one area to challenges in another area—a skill that will serve them well—both in school and in real life. Arts integration means that the arts (dance, music, theater and visual art) constitute one or more of the integrated subject areas. Arts integration is not a substitute for teaching the arts as separate subjects. Rather it complements traditional arts instruction and helps to affirm the relevance of the arts in the school curriculum.
Properly conceived, the arts constitute a great integrating force in the school curriculum. To achieve such an end they must be viewed as a component of every discipline, for their subject matter is as broad as life itself.”
—Charles Fowler, Strong Arts, Strong Schools, 1996