May 01, 2018 2018-05-01
The Walters Art Museum in Maryland offers free Integrating the Arts activities that are ideal for visual arts teachers who want to integrate the arts into other disciplines or for non-arts teachers who want to venture into the world of art. Teachers can use the visual arts activities to teach concepts of social studies, science, language arts, and math curricula. Designed for middle school students but adaptable for elementary and high school, all of the content includes printable lessons and flash interactives. In the newest module, students explore Islamic art through the lenses of mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. They can translate their name into Arabic, repair an ancient glass beaker using the refraction of light, or fire a lusterware vessel. In another module, students discover ancient, medieval, and Renaissance art through dozens of language arts, science, social studies, and math activities. They can assemble a Roman sarcophagus, create a suit of armor, or restore an ancient Mesopotamian relief to its original color. In the China module, students can trace the evolution of Chinese writing, follow a red dragon through an ancient tale, and learn about Chinese symbolism.