Arts Integration Model

The Arts Integration Model (AIM) is a model for integrating the arts in k12 classrooms using a constructivist approach to interdisciplinary instruction. It is student centered and utilizes electronic technologies. Objectives to consider are increased analytical thinking skills, heightened perceptual awareness, developed discussion and productive thinking skills.

Step 1. React to the Art

What do you think of this art work?

What was your first thought when you saw it?

Step 2. Share what you know about this work of art

Is it realistic or abstract? Figurative or Still life? Abstract or non-objective?

Is it calm or busy? Loud or quiet? Static or energetic?

Is it monochromatic or multicolored? Dull or intriguing?

Is it strong or weak? Hopeful? Cheerful or sad?

What is the subject/ theme of the work? What medium was used?

Step 3. Students Generate Questions

What information would help you to understand the importance of this work of art? What would you like to ask the artist?

ex. What is the title of the piece? When was it created? Who created this? Where did they live? Why did they create in that style? What was happening in the world at that time? What literature, music, plays were written at that time? What is the artist's message? How might people from other cultures view this work? Is this good art? Would it be good even if the artists never made money from it?

Step 4. Research

Use the Internet, teachers, books, libraries, computer software to find the necessary contextual information that provides answers to the student generated questions. Interview a museum docent or professional artist.

Step 5. Revisit the artwork

How did your opinion of the work of art change after you learned the contextual information, the social and historical significance of the work?

Step 6. Create a multimedia presentation or a work of art to demonstrate understanding of important concepts.