Art-Integrated Summer Institute 2016

Before school started in August 2016 the EMU team invited teachers and administrators from Ann Visger & Sabbath Schools to a week long Arts Integration Institute.

The goal of the 2016 summer institute was to offer professional development for teachers to increase their ability to create and deliver instruction that integrated the national arts standards into ELA and mathematics (science & social studies) in alignment with state and national standards.

The Objectives of the Summer Institute were for teachers to..

  • Connect common core goals to visual thinking strategy presentations and art-integrated lessons.
  • Create visual thinking strategy collection of artwork images related to lesson topics and common core goals.
  • Write questions on the literal, inferential, and generalization-moral-relationship level for visual thinking strategy artwork related to a lesson’s topic to discuss with students at the beginning of a lesson.
  • Create a variety of rubrics relating to specific lesson standards and topics.
  • Connect a national art standard to a common core goal for lessons that they will teach.
  • Build rapport with a variety of artists and Arts Integration staff to sharpen skills of “Thinking Like an Artist.” Experience working with and then considering different art media to include in a common core goal-national art standard lesson that they will teach in the upcoming school year.
  • Share feedback and participate in discussions regarding Arts Integration implementation from 2015-2016 school year for the purpose of fine-tuning plans for the 2016-2017 school year for progress monitoring of specific grant goals.

A focus of the Summer Institute was for teachers to learn how to get their students thinking like an artist by utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies, which can be used with any lesson in the content area. They learned how to prepare and present a visual thinking strategy by doing the following steps:

  1. Google the lesson’s topic and the word “artist” or “art”.
  2. Scroll down to images and choose a few that provoke thinking and leads into the lesson.
  3. Formulate literal level questions (“What do you see?”), inferential level questions (“Why do you think?”), and generalization-moral-relating level questions (“How does this relate to…?” “What is the moral to this story?”). Ask also about the viewpoint and the message the artist is trying to convey. Think about and connect the students’ prior knowledge and experiences to the artwork they are viewing.
  4. Show the school’s art teacher the artwork and have a chat about art techniques used and background/context of the artwork (or google to find this info) to share briefly with the students.
  5. Show students photos of the artwork one by one (also showing a photo and saying something about the artist).
  6. Ask students the questions prepared. Encourage their risk-taking, but having  students justifying their thinking.

The teachers met a number of artists and had opportunities to experience some hands-on visual art-based integrated lessons as well as social sculpturing and performance art activities. We experimented with art media, and both 2 and 3-D, as well as tech-based lessons (including digital photography). Daily we all participated in multiple Visual Thinking Strategies. Teachers also had an extended team planning time and discussed assessment and rubric design. The week, similar to the 2015 Summer Institute, closed with an exhibit of teacher work.

Facilitators and participants discussed ways to integrate arts with the content areas and we look forward to more opportunities for professional development during the course of the grant.

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