Best Practices for Art Education

Resources to help integrate reading and art-making

Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts: Art integration for classroom teachers By Claudia E. Cornett

This resource works to help the art teacher integrate every aspect of curriculum into their art lessons. There are countless ideas of how to fuel art lessons with drama, music, and content area information from literature, math, and science. The book also includes helpful information about the different developmental stages as they relate to the arts, as well as ways to differentiated for diverse students. One would be able to pick up this book and develop a lesson plan, that incorporated literacy.

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists Written and Illustrated by Mike Venezia

Covering nearly 50 small paperback, children's books, this series is beautifully illustrated, contains images of artwork, and has great content. The author believes that the best way to introduce students to art and artists is through fun. "If children can learn about art in a fun way, and think of artists as real people, the exciting world of art will be open to them for the rest of their lives." These books can be used to introduce an artist, to add more understanding to a work of art, as well as an independent reading assignment for students.

Elementary Art and the Common Core Website

This website helps art teachers by not only informing them about what each elementary grade level's content is, but also providing some art lesson ideas. It is easily used, with K - 5 units listed clearly. By providing clearly what the common core for each grade level is, the art teacher can easily work to make art lessons that compliment the lessons being taught in the regular classroom.