New! Improved! Core Arts Standards!
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National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

--Use this hyperlink to go to the wikispace for these standards. Join the National conversation! This National Coalition for the Core Arts Standards document is representative of states' efforts to identify common standards and practices for teaching and learning in fine arts contents. These standards address teaching and learning in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Arts Education Partnership FAQs and other important information: Stay current in Fine Arts education



  • "Guiding Principles for the Arts" is an article by David Coleman, the chief architect of the RELA part of the Common Core and current president of the College Board.

  • Artistic Literacy is key to effective and efficient integration of Fine Arts curriclum, instruction, and assessment!



Fine Arts and Common Core: Literacy Connections Abound!Thanks to Jay Tucker at the Maryland State Department of Education for providing these valuable resource materials.






The Arts and the Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project
*This wikipage does not promote the purchase of the Curriculum Maps; however, the .pdf below does begin to represent the instructional conversation districts should begin to engage in as fine arts integration becomes part of an integrated curriculum.

From the CCCMP authors:
"Because Common Core promotes the importance of all students studying the arts, we have highlighted places where ELA instruction could be enhanced by connecting a genre or particular text, or a theme of a unit, to works of art, music, or film. We suggest, for example, that students study self-portraiture when they are encountering memoirs. Students might compare a novel, story, or play to its film or musical rendition. Where a particular period of literature or the literature of a particular region or country is addressed, works of art from that period or country may also be examined. In each case, connections are made to the standards in the CCSS themselves.

ELA teachers who choose to use this material may do so on their own, by team teaching with an art or music teacher, or perhaps by sharing the material with the art or music teacher, who could reinforce what students are learning during the ELA block in their classroom. The inclusion of these works in our ELA Maps is not intended to substitute for or infringe in any way upon instruction students should receive in separate arts and music classes.

In order to facilitate lesson-planning that utilizes these arts resources and collaboration with art and music teachers, we have created a single document (see below) containing all of the suggested art works and art-based activities in our Maps. It is organized by grade and by unit."


Common Core Considerations:

Visual Literacy


What is it?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Visual literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be communicated through a process of reading. More from Wikipedia about this topic

...And WHY do we need it? (Research)

"All of us are watchers - of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway - but few of us are observers. Everyone is looking, not many are seeing."
- Peter M. Leschak

Excellent Research on what visual literacy is, the need for it, and the implications for traditional instruction. Picture This Site

Dr. Glen Bull’s article “Storytelling in the Web 2.0 Era” in the February 2008 issue of ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine states:
Employing these new capabilities in ways that enhance learning will require thoughtful integration. Pavio’s dual coding theory suggests that verbal and visual systems coexist in the mind and that employing both visual and verbal information many facilitate learning. The National Reading Panel has cited instructional imaging techniques as among the more promising ways of fostering comprehension development. Emerging Web 2.0 tools will provide new opportunities to do this.

According to the **2003 report “Put Reading First: The Research Building Blocks for Teaching Children to Read”** visualization is a key element of understanding and retention. Report authors noted:

Good readers often form mental pictures,or images,as they read. Readers (especially younger readers) who visualize during reading understand and remember what they read better than readers who do not visualize. Help your students learn to form visual images of what they are reading. For example, urge them to picture a setting, character, or event described in the text.

Interpreting Symbols

Students may practice interpreting symbols for both their literal and figurative meanings.

Technology Connection

Digital Storytelling and Visual Literacy
Digital storytelling is not merely fun and engaging. It can be used in powerful ways to support learning, and as Dr. Bull notes, “foster comprehension development.”
(http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2008/02/07/research-based-support-for-digital-storytelling-and-dual-coding-theory/)

Arts Integration

Arts Integration Lessons for all Fine Arts courses

MSDE NEW RESOURCE: Disciplinary literacy links!

Maryland Teachers Arts Integration Resource Guide


Analyzing Myth in Art presentation--grade 9



Critical Analysis of a Photograph Using Bloom's Taxonomy


Try using this technique with a black and white photograph by Gordon Parks (American Gothic):
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Or with this Dust Bowl photograph:
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Paired Passages and Close Reading--An essay on the nomenclature of Rodin's Adam (Close Reading activity):

A Close Reading and article associated with Rodin's //Adam// (right): Rodins Adam.pairedpassage.jpg
This sample activity was written for a Professional Development session in the content area of art.

Performing Arts: Tableaux

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Arts Integration video (elementary)
Arts Integration video (secondary)



Music Education and the Common Core

Arts Integration Lessons from Cecil County

General Music and historical investigation: secondary sample lesson on Eubie Blake and ragtime music-Model lesson

Lessons for elementary music: Classics for Kids with rhythm and melody focus



Tier Three Vocabulary--use Visuwords to explore the relationships between and among words and concepts in Fine Arts Visuwords Homepage

Vocabulary Analysis and Connection Graphic Organizer --Students in Fine Arts make inferences about vocabulary using this helpful tool



Other Online Resources to support teaching and learning Fine Arts