ARTS INTEGRATION AND EDUCATION

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate learning through an art form.  Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject and meets evolving objectives.     --  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts definition

 

My approach to arts integration is grounded in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process in which experience is the origin of innovative, authentic ideas and critical thinking.  The Tamalpa model starts with direct sensory and kinesthetic experience, then uses visual art, writing, voice, and performance techniques to contain the experience and suggest new directions.

See "Projects" page for a link to my essay based on a residency at Clemson University in landscape architecture, "Redeeming the Body: Dissolving Boundaries Between Life and Art," published in Interdisciplinary Humanities.  Photos above are from that residency.

See below for examples of residencies integrating movement with a variety of academic areas. 

Contact me to discuss short or long term arts integration residencies using the Tamalpa Life/Art Process as a tool for process-based creativity and design.  Residencies can be designed for any age level or subject. 

I am an associate teacher with Tamalpa Institute (www.tamalpa.org), a teaching artist with Metropolitan Arts Council of Greenville, SC, and a SC Arts Commission Approved Artist in both dance and traditional/folk arts .

 

Arts Integration Residencies and Workshops

 

April 2017:  Gateway Elementary, Greenville, SC;  Grades 3, 4, 5 PE, "How does folk dance enrich our lives?"

March 2017: Pine Street Elementary, Spartanburg, SC;  Grade 1 science, "How can we use our bodies to express understanding of a plant's life cycle?"

January 2017: Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School, Greenville, SC;  Grade 6, 7, 8 Broadcast Journalism, "What is creative process?"

September 2016:  Sevier Middle School, Greenville, SC;  Grade 8 Science, "How does force affect motion?"

May 2016:  Hunter Street Elementary, York, SC;  Grade 1 music, "Community Dance and Music"

April 2016:  Oakview Elementary, Simpsonville, SC;  Grade 3 science, "How do electricity and magnetism affect our lives?"

March 2016:  Pine Street Elementary, Spartanburg, SC;  Grade 1 science, "How can we use our bodies to express understanding of a plant's life cycle?"

February 2016:  Hollis Academy, Greenville SC;  Grade 3 language arts, "How can I embody the meaning of words?"

January 2016:  Woodmont High School, Piedmont SC;  Grade 9 algebra, "How is mathematics a process?"

January 2016:  Gateway Elementary School, Greenville SC;  Grades 3, 4, 5, "What is folk dance?"

July 2015; Teacher workshop, Arts Integration Arts Institute, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville SC;  "Dance as Embodiment"

October/November 2015:  Bells Crossing Elementary School, Stone Academy, E. North Academy, Greenville SC;  Grade 4 "Challenge" bridge engineering project, "How can I use dance and my body to express understanding?"

November 2015:  SC Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC;  "Somatic Movement and Life/Art"

March 2015:  Clemson University Architecture Studio; "A qualitative, process approach to design"

September 2015:  Oakview Elementary, Simpsonville SC;  Grade 3 PE, "What is folk dance?"

November 2014:  SC Association for Health, PE, Recreation, and Dance Convention, Myrtle Beach, SC;  "Life as Art: The 'Technique of Awareness' of Anna Halprin"

November 2014: Gateway Elementary, Travelers Rest, SC;  Grades 3, 4, 5, "What is folk dance?"

May 2014:  Hunter Street Elementary, York SC;  Grade K5 Music, "Community Dance and Music"

April 2014:  Clemson University Landscape Architecture Studio; "The Excitement and Potential of Landscape Architecture"

February 2014:  Gateway Elementary, Travelers Rest, SC;  Grades 3, 4 PE; "What is folk dance?"

October 2013:  Saluda River Academy of Fine Arts, West Columbia, SC;  Grade 5 Dance, "Dance Elements and Scoreography"

October 2013:  Hunter Street Elementary, York SC;  Grade K5 Music, "Community Dance and Music"

April 2013: Oakbrook Elementary, Charleston SC; Grade 5 Dance, "Traditional American Dance"

March 2013:  Arts Integration Teacher Workshop, Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville SC;  "Linking Life and Art"

January 2013:  Gateway Elementary, Travelers Rest, SC;  Grade 3 PE; "What is folk dance?"

January 2013:  Arts Integration Teacher Workshop, Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville SC;  "Traditional American Community Dance as Teaching Strategy"

January 2013:  Fork Shoals Road Elementary, Greenville SC;  Grade 3 Music,  "What is the role of music in our culture?"

November 2012: Blythe Academy, Greenville SC;  Grade 2, Science, "What is magnetism?"

September 2012:  Beck Academy, Greenville SC;  Grade 9 Math, "What are relationships?"

September 2012:  Mountain View Elementary, Taylors SC; Grade K5 Social Studies, "What is the story of my place?"

September 2012:  Mountain View Elementary, Taylors SC;  Grade 2 Social Studies, "What is story?"

March 2012: Fair Oak Elementary, Walhalla SC; Grade 4 Music, "Community Dance"

February 2012: Taylors Elementary, Taylors SC; Grade 4 PE, "Community Dance"

January 2012:  Sterling School, Greenville SC; Grade 6, 7, 8 Band, "What is improvisation?"

January 2012: Skyland Elementary, Greer SC; Grade 3 Science, "What is change?"

November 2011: Sterling School, Greenville SC; Grade 4 Gifted/Talented, "What is metaphor?"

September 2011: Mountain View Elementary, Taylors SC; Grade 3 Language Arts, "What is life?"

May 2011: Honea Path Elementary, Honea Path SC; Grade 4 Arts, "Community Dance"