INTEGRATING VISUAL ART AND LANGUAGE, SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SCIENCE: UNIT PLANS FOR A TEACHING ARTIST
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The broad purpose of the project was to explore what an arts partnership could look like. An arts partnership generally involves an artist—or “teaching artist”—from the community spending time in a classroom, working with the teacher and students on art projects. I begin the project with a review of literature that describes what an arts partnership is, the benefits they provide, different ways they are structured, some of the issues or challenges with arts partnerships, and who supports arts partnerships in Ontario. The second part of the project presents curriculum designed for a teaching artist to use in schools with students in grades six to eight. I begin the section by describing the guiding principles I used to design the teaching artist programs. I then provide detailed lesson plans. Program 1 (8 weeks) integrates visual art with language. Program 2 (4 weeks) integrates visual art with social studies (geography). Program 3 (4 weeks) integrates visual art with science. Within the programs I intentionally created resources for the teaching artist to use that emphasize visual and oral communication instead of relying only on written communication. For example, I created a number Power Point presentations to visually enhance communication of information and ideas and to show students examples of art work. I also created videos to demonstrate art-making techniques. Further, I created exemplars of all the assignments to show students the kinds of things they are expected to produce.