Arts Education and Integration
Student Artist: Allison Ball
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Researcher: Merryl Goldberg
The DREAM institute is about the benefits of implementing art integration into education, as a way to teach. I needed major inspiration to get started with this project. As I was thinking of an idea, I remembered this cool book I came across a couple months back. The book showed different, spectacular data visualizations. I was so excited by it that I snapped some photos, so I looked in my photo library for the pictures and fell in love with one style.
My goal was to be able to represent the benefits of using art as a tool for education. I wanted viewers to not only focus on the hard data of increases in scores, but the feedback from teachers and students about their experiences learning and teaching with this method.
I created my visual representation in Illustrator. I used the pen tool to create swooping peaks and valleys of color, representing the vibrance of using art as a tool to educate. The top 4 valleys of color – pink, green, orange, and blue – each represent a distinct positive impact of art integration. The corresponding text is color coded, corresponding with the four unique, vibrant colors. The four lower colors echo the above colors, but don’t correspond to specific attributes. The dull colors represent learning without arts integration. While there is nothing wrong with this style of learning, it does not have the enthusiastic, exciting spirit of learning through the arts. The arts allow students to flourish, to learn in action, using theatre and visual arts to learn reading, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Many students feel bored and uninspired to learn in a traditional setting classroom, and I think using the arts as a vehicle for learning creates the energy and inspiration students need to learn to their fullest potential. As previously stated, it has also been proven that learning through the arts has a direct improvement in test scores. This is definitely a program that needs to be implemented.
Goldberg, Merryl, and Patti Saraniero, Ed.D. “DREAM Research and Articles.”DREAM Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.
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