The 21st century has been labeled the “visual age,” and interweaving art into all subject areas bears a host of qualitative and quantitative benefits for its learners. Join co-presenters Emily Valenza and Julie Knutson in a one-hour exploration of the why, what and how of arts integration in history and social studies.
Valenza and Knutson discuss current research on incorporating the arts into social studies, along with strategies for the creating immersive and engaging lessons that allow students to situate art history in cultural context. Throughout, focus is maintained on building the 21st-century skills that students need most: critical thinking, research, collaboration, and creativity.
- Cultivate historical empathy and the consideration of multiple perspectives through the arts
- Create thought-provoking Surrealist collages using primary source documents to reinforce History topics
- Structure an interactive mask-making unit that brings biographical studies to life
- Foster your students' sense of synaesthesia with art games to enhance their descriptive writing skills
- VIEW recording of webcast
- DOWNLOAD slides
- DOWNLOAD certificate of attendance
- DOWNLOAD Q&A transcript
- EXPLORE LITERACY THROUGH THE ARTS RESOURCE LIST ON TITLEWAVE
- REGISTER for June 23rd Webcast (Ditching Dewey: Genrefication for Your Library, Presented by Tiffany Whitehead, The Mighty Little Librarian)
Teaching with Visual Art and Photography
- Duke University – Center for Documentary Studies/ Literacy Through Photography
- FotoFest International – Literacy Through Photography
- Getty Museum – Exploring Photographs
- Indiana University – Mathers Museum of World Cultures
- Teaching Tolerance – Using Photographs to Teach Social Justice
- Visual Thinking Strategies (NYT Learning Network Partner) – Further Reading
- Learning to Look with the National Portrait Gallery (download PDF)
- "I am excited to try these ideas in the fall." --Julie J.
- "Thank you for many, many great ideas!!!" --Richard W.
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Art Teacher and Art Department Coordinator
Kingsley Montessori School
Emily Valenza is an art educator fascinated by digital storytelling, cinematography, scientific illustration and aesthetic critique. She has been teaching art to adults and students in community centers, public, and private schools for over 13 years.
She believes that everyone can be an artist and that being an artist in today's world means that you are constantly changing, challenging ideas, and inventing new ways of seeing and doing things. New methods of creating art are being discovered every day so there is no better or more exciting time to dive in than NOW!
Emily has a bachelor's degree in Art Education from Penn State University and is the Arts Department Coordinator at Kingsley Montessori School in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston.
Follett School Solutions
Julie Knutson is an experienced social studies educator and curriculum writer, with tenure teaching at the middle and high school levels. Julie holds an M.A. in art history, and staunchly advocates for the integration of arts education into all content areas. In 2010, while working with FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography program in Houston, TX, she authored “Contemporary U.S. Photography,” a curricular companion to the organization’s biennial.
Currently, Julie works as an academic consultant for Follett School Solutions. She is active in the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), serving on the board for the Future and Advancement of the Social Studies (FASSE), and also occupies a seat on the board of Students of Strength, an online academic mentoring and coaching service.