In the recent years, teachers and parents have seen a push for project-based learning. While project-based learning clearly has significant benefits for learners, it is recognized that integrating art into this learning method has substantial advantages. We took a look at integrating the arts with project-based learning.
First, let’s ask ourselves, what is project-based learning? It’s a teaching method that nurtures critical thinking skills and applied knowledge by working for an extended period of time with actual, authentic problems, complex questions and engaging challenges.
Integrating arts into education can have powerfully engaging and enriching effects. The arts serve as a passageway for students to explore, develop wonder and discover the world around them. It no wonder arts integration works so perfectly as a catalyst in PBL to inspire children to learn so comprehensively.
Take a look at some PBL & arts integration ideas to get your started:
Math & visual arts
Ask your students to create a masterpiece that will be hung in a museum. Each piece of artwork should contain 2 or more geometric shapes (squares, cubes, parallelograms, rhombuses, etc). Together, as a class, you can research renowned artists who utilize geometric figures, such as Piet Modrian, Paul Klee or Vasily Kandisky. Your students should create an artist statement about their piece, including medium, types of geometry used and why, and the inspiration for their work.
Science & animation
Have your students create an animated character and scene that describes the field of science you are studying. For example, if you are studying atoms, your student’s animated scene can contain a proton characters, electron characters and neutron characters. The scene could also contain characters in the form of molecules. Students should be ready to present their artwork and describe the ways in which their scientific study works.
Language Arts & music
Break your students into groups. Have them choose a character or scene in the book that you are currently reading. Next, they should create a monologue that acts as lyrics for the song. Your students can also create a duet between two characters. Are they brave enough to perform their songs for your class?
History & installation art
Have you students gather or create all of the physical content they can about the time period, event or character that coincides with your current lesson. This can include printouts of old newspapers, recipes or deeds. Students can also create sculptures or other art pieces of their own to describe their topic. You can create one large installation as a class, or individual students or groups can also create their own. Students should create an artist statement and be ready to talk about the “story” behind their installation.
Do you or your students have your own PBL + arts integration creations? Share them with us on Creatubbles!