Art integration What is Art?
In the simplest of words, Art is the creative expression of an individual. This expression can be verbal, written, an enactment, or it can be visual or any other form that has the potential or the ability to communicate human thoughts.
Why is Art important?
Artistic expression in music, poetry, dance, theatre and in the creation of forms has been an integral part of human’s growth and development. Since times immemorial, what has survived the fissures and ravages of time is only Art. Cave paintings, potteries/ seals/ornaments etc. found during excavation clearly indicate the importance of Art since the beginning of human civilization and it is through these that most of history is reconstructed. Art has the power of expressing the innermost thoughts of an individual. According to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, “…only man knows himself, because his impulse of knowledge comes back to him in its excess. He feels more intensely his personality than other creatures, because his power of feeling is more than can be exhausted by his objects. This efflux of the consciousness of his personality requires an outpour of expression. Therefore, in Art, man reveals himself and not his objects.
It is a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning based on collaboration between the teaching of subject with the teaching of Art (Visual/performing etc.), where Art, in any of its multiple forms, becomes the primary pathway to learn the subject/topic and also of assessment. The integration is meant not only to make the learning process (of the chosen subject area for integration) joyful, but it also lends itself to imbibing a greater appreciation and understanding of the art form being utilized for this purpose. Art Integration is not a replacement for Art education. Integration happens only after students have been directly taught the Arts. Without this background knowledge, neither the students nor the subject teachers will be able to integrate art in education. For example, the notes in Hindustani Classical Music can be aligned with the teaching of Fractions in Mathematics. However, without the knowledge of music notes, it will be impossible for the students to comprehend the link between the two.