Exploring the importance of incorporating the visual and creative arts into elementary school curriculum
Capstone Project (B.A.) Institute for Liberal Studies
The target audience that my capstone report has been written for consists of elementary administrators and elementary instructors that do not already see the importance of arts integration in curriculum, and, hence, do little to employ the arts in their classrooms beyond a few finger paintings and holiday decorations. The primary intention of my report is to convey to elementary administrators and elementary instructors the importance of incorporating the visual and creative arts into elementary curriculum. The secondary intention of my capstone report is to illustrate that arts integration can be done easily, provided that the instructor is willing to call upon his or her creativity. Through the employment of scholarly articles, one-on-one interviews, and arts integration publications, I have been able to gather rich and informative evidence and copious examples of the ways that the arts can enrich curriculum in the elementary classroom. I sincerely hope that such information is able to inspire elementary administrators and elementary instructors to transition into an arts integrated curriculum that will set the stage for success in the future of elementary students in California and across the country.