My goal with cross-curricular units is not only to connect art with other subjects but to move beyond the obvious "illustration" that is often how art is connected. 

I like to work closely with other teachers to create a unit in which the two subjects are truly integrated. 

Political Cartoons
Connecting with Social Studies (History & Current Events)

This unit was done with Grade 8 students when they were studying revolutions in Social Studies. They studied the French, American revolutions and looked at the then current Hong Kong Umbrella revolution. 

I showed them examples of political cartoons, from the French to the more recent one of the Umbrella revolutions. 

It was a true cross-curricular unit. The students were able to show their understanding, or gaps in understand of their chosen revolution as well as their understanding of cartoon art styles through their artwork.

Ancient Egyptian Shadow Puppets
Connecting with Social Studies

This is a unit that I have done with Grade 6 when they study ancient Egypt. 

Students choose an ancient Egyptian god or goddess to make a shadow puppet of. 

We look at body proportion and the idea of 'realistic'.  We also look at how the ancient Egyptians drew things from their most recognisable view (from the front, from the side - profile). 

We also compare ancient Egyptian figures with Indonesian shadow puppets. 

Chinese Opera Mask
Connecting with Mandarin and English Language Arts

In this unit that I did with Grade 6 we looked at formal balance and the symbolic colours of Chinese Opera. Students chose a fictional character and created a mask in Chinese Oprea style using lines and colours to reflect the personality of their chosen character.  In their reflection, they had to explain the personality of their character and how their choices of colours and lines reflected those personality traits.

Renaissance Painting
Connecting with Social Studies
In this unit students learned about the history of Renaissance art. They then worked in groups to create three paintings using renaissance media:
Egg Tempera, fresco and oil paints.




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