Spring 5-19-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Art is an important component of elementary education. Including art in the elementary classroom has shown to have many positive benefits including helping students develop intellectually, creating better understanding of different perspectives and cultures and improving test score. Even though there is evidence supporting the importance of art in the elementary class room, time spent of art has been decreasing. The decrease in time has been contributed to focusing on high-stakes testing, lack of funding and a lack of teacher preparation focusing on art. This project examined the different obstacles which prohibit students from receiving art at the elementary level and focused on the use of art integrated lessons as a means of including art in the classroom. For this project, the author worked with a local fifth grade class, implemented a lesson plan and evaluated the student’s engagement.