Posted on 04/14/2015 at 10:45 AM by Blog Experts

A few weeks ago, I viewed a webinar by Cheri Sterman, titled, Creativity as a 21st Century Skill. It was being promoted by the community, Champion Creativity: The Power of Art-Infused Education. The webinar can be found here:

Sterman noted that a search for standards-based lessons by grade and subject can be found on the Crayola site. Lesson plans that link the language arts standards: She explained that the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards talk about the following processes: Creating, performing/presenting/producing, responding, and connecting. State Board of Education in North Carolina has created a wiki further exploring these processes:

ReadWriteThink includes a lesson plan titled, Creative Communication Frames: Discovering Similarities between Writing and Art for grades 6 – 8. “In this lesson, students explore art as communication by first viewing and discussing a painting from various perspectives, and analyzing the painting’s purpose, audience, form and function. During a real or virtual trip to an art gallery, students use a graphic organizer to record detailed observations about paintings they see, viewed from multiple perspectives. After discussing their observations, they identify a corresponding literary term for each of the terms used to analyze the art form. They then use an online tool to compare how the process of writing is similar to the process of creating art. Finally, they use their ideas to write a compare and contrast essay”: (

Scholastic provides lesson plans and strategies for arts integration in grades PK – 12: Art lessons that integrate children’s literature can be found here: One example that Sterman shared used the book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema. In looking at the illustrations, students could look for clues about the characters, plot, and setting of the story. Students could be directed to look at proportion (the size of the mosquito on the book cover and the size of the monkey's hands, as they are different sizes as the monkey is squeezing the owlet), texture (ask students to think about what the jagged, sharp fur says about the monkey), space (which of the animals' eyes are looking away or focused on the owlets), patterns (what the patterns in the trees, hat, nest, and lions' mane communicate), and color (how the contrast between day and night settings adds to the story. After discussing all of the illustrations, students could draw a "what's next" picture to the story.




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