1st Edition

Using the Visual Arts for Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning
Imaginative ideas for the primary school

ISBN 9780415508254
Published December 13, 2013 by Routledge
126 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

As schools are being encouraged to develop more flexible and creative approaches to education, Using the Visual Arts for Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning provides practical guidance and ideas on using the visual arts as a starting point for imaginative, effective learning across a wide range of curriculum subjects.

Underpinned by established and current educational thinking, it uses real-life examples to explore how this approach has been used successfully by individual class teachers and as whole-school projects. Offering proven strategies supporting the principles of personalized learning, it will help you involve children in devising cross-curricular themes and setting their own lines of enquiry.

Supplemented throughout with case studies and ideas for great artworks to get projects started, as well as examples of children’s own work, it explores:

  • developing individual pupils' talent and respect for their own and other cultures;
  • using a single painting as a starting point for learning in a range of subjects;
  • finding inspiration for your own cross-curricular projects using the visual arts;
  • underpinning all activities with educational purpose;
  • planning for and assessing progression in learning;
  • discovering and using art resources in your region.

The tried and tested strategies in Using the Visual Arts for Cross-curricular Teaching and Learning will give all primary school teachers the confidence to explore the benefits of placing the visual arts at the centre of a creative, appealing curriculum.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Introduction  1. Integrating the visual arts across the curriculum  2. The visual arts as a stimulus for cross-curricular teaching and learning  Part 2 – The visual arts as a central stimulus across areas of learning  3. Art and literacy  4. Using a single painting as a starting point for cross-curricular learning in a range of subjects  5. Keeping it local: Discovering art resources in your region  Part 3 - Getting a project started  6. Selecting a work of art and resourcing  7. Getting others involved in shaping a project  8. Ensuring educational purpose  9. Conclusion

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Karen Hosack Janes is a visiting lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton, and Associate Consultant for Chris Quigley Education Ltd, Newcastle, UK. Karen was previously Head of Schools at the National Gallery, London, UK, where she led a range of projects including the nationwide Take One Picture scheme. She was previously a teacher and Head of Art and Design in schools. She has written a number of books on art for children.