Shaw Lane, Art Specialist, and Virginia Dickert, Music Specialist
Connecting the arts with other academic disciplines helps to unleash young minds. Arts integration truly deepens learning experiences in the core academic subjects.
The “Ten Lessons the Arts Teach,” by Elliott Eisner, perfectly illustrates just how this happens. According to Mr. Eisner, “The arts traffic in subtlety.” These subtle connections enable children to think through processes and to experience the range and capacity of what they are feeling. And when we take the time in art and music to reconnect to the core academics, their learning is enhanced and the relativity becomes obvious. As a result, students engage on a different level and the sparks of energy ignite. This is the place where the subconscious becomes conscious and the “eureka” moments begin.
Another reason for integrating arts with core academics is that students realize that the faculty members are very much a team, working and meeting together to plan and collaborate.
The arts also connect to social behavior, which reflect many of our character virtues such as self-control, empathy, respect, and compassion. Service learning projects in the arts teach children about the importance of reaching out to those who may be seriously ill, the elderly, or those who have much less.
The more teachers connect and collaborate, the more they benefit the students who they teach.
Examples of Visual Arts Integration at Jacksonville Country Day:
Cats in Hats – Celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday
Polar Bear Family Drawing – Global studies polar region unit
Rainforest animal painting – Global studies rainforest unit
Mondrian paper design – Singapore Math
Aboriginal bark banners – Global studies Australia unit
Torn paper butterflies – Butterfly life cycle unit
Oil pastel trees – Life cycle science unit
Mod pudge bugs – Life cycle science unit
Clay kimono figures – Global studies Asian unit
Clay Asian elephants – Asian unit
Chinese dragons – Asian unit
Can robots – Simple machines science unit
Van Gogh cityscapes – Jacksonville unit
Habitat dioramas – Science unit
Panamanian paper molas - Global studies Latin America unit/math
Printed Mayan masks - Latin America unit
Mexican foil repousse’ animals - Latin America unit
Native Florida Indian drawing – Florida unit
Biographical drawing – Collaboration with language arts
"Save the Manatee" collages – Science/service learning collaboration
Clay turtles – Sea turtle science unit
Illustration for Esperanza Rising – Spanish
Sculpture creations for A Night at the Met - Collaboration with language arts
Diorama based on From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Collaboration with language arts
Papier mache African masks – Global studies Africa unit
Printed kente cloths - Africa unit
Canopic jars – Global studies Egyptian unit
Egyptian clay tiles - Egyptian unit
Egyptian royalty portraits - Egyptian unit
Printed Greek pottery designs – Global studies Greece unit
Clay pies – Math (concept of pi)
Henna hands – Global studies India unit
Coral reef watercolor – Marine ecology study in science lab
Located In Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Country Day School is a private school for Pre-K 3 through 6th grade. JCDS prepares students for a healthy and productive lifetime of intellectual exploration, character development, and social responsibility.