Incorporating art into education : the importance of teaching creatively in a standards based classroom

Monica Petersen, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


Art education is an important aspect of overall learning and schools are failing to provide adequate art education programs for students. Eighty-nine percent of Americans believe that art education is important enough to be taught in schools, and still, art education is being allowed to slip out the backdoor without anyone asking why (National Arts Education, 2007). If teachers could incorporate art into the current curriculum, students would benefit and art could be used as a valuable teaching tool. An art resource packet was created for teachers in response to the interviews conducted. The resource packet contains information on how to incorporate art into the classroom with basic resources and art lessons that could easily be adapted for other subject areas.