Another teacher and I share the responsibility. I'll teach music to my class and hers; while she teaches art to hers and mine. It makes us be accountable to each other and gives us a weekly commitment to teach art and music. We both feel like art and music are too valuable to get pushed to the side.
As an art specialist in the Sylvan School District, I would recommend that classroom teachers begin incorporating art by including art instruction when teaching the other core subjects. For example: students can draw a picture about a story read for Language Arts; mosaics can be made by gluing down cut pieces of colored paper to emulate a Roman mosaic, when teaching history; and shapes made in math can be colored for art. There will always be an Art Standard accomplished when incorporating art with other subjects, since the Art Standards are already linked with grade level instruction.
My grade level has a bulletin board in a centrally-located area where we brainstorm projects for each of our language arts stories. By tying them in to the stories (as well as incorporating them into science & writing projects), we end up with an art project every week or so. We've tried to vary them so they use different mediums & techniques. Our art instruction has been limited for the last few years, so we've stepped up there, but admittedly, we were spoiled by a great music teacher who pulled songs for us to use in the classroom every month & haven't focused on that area as thoroughly.
As a science teacher, it is easy to find opportunities to incorporate art into lessons. Drawing observations, illustrating a flow chart, sometimes even reproducing and personalizing a figure straight out of the textbook are all normal pedagogy in science. I think many social studies teachers do the same. I often see students with their mosaics and handcrafted maps. Oh, and lets not forget about the puffy fish thing they do every year.While it may be more difficult for math teachers, due to the abstract nature of the content, I do see students with colorful works of art from their math class.These methods of incorporating art into lessons can be extended to any content area, and any grade level.
A neighbor teacher and I take each other's students every other week and teach art instruction. We use the standards to drive what we teach and the students love doing Art!! I feel like we have some great Art instruction lessons. Music Instruction is more difficult than art. I teach songs that Silver used to sing with them, but I don't teach keyboarding and other specific concepts related to music like Silver did. I do sing songs with my students every week, trying to incorporate new ones each week.
California Streaming has an Art series called "Art With Joy" that has visual art techniques and skills presented in a user friendly format. Each lesson presents a different art project that students can follow along with. I can always pause or rewind if they need extra guidance on a particular section. Some of the areas covered include line drawing, blending colors,shading, watercolor techniques, perspective,proportion,placement, using form and color to express positive or negative emotions. I like how this lesson also speaks to working through negative emotions by painting. Each art lesson also has a brief history about the subject matter being covered.
At our school the fifth grade has chosen to do a interdisciplinary wheen on Fridays. I teach art, another teacher does a math game to reinforce and practice math skills, and the other does a science activity or experiment. We each take one class a week and switch every week. So our students will get art, science, or math games every three weeks. So far it is working great and the kids love it!
It's been a challenge but I try to incorporate art through Science by having the students draw what we are learning. It lacks lessons on line, and color but it's a little something.For music, it usually ties into the Social Studies nicely and we can incorporate it during that time and practice some songs as we walk to library or lunch. I would love to be able to put more emphasis on those subjects because they are both vital!