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October 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 41 on clear acetate and placed on top of the natural environment drawing. The two drawings would be hinged with tape, allowing the viewer to lift the top drawing to view the two drawings separately or lower the top drawing to view the merged images. Creating the Natural Environment 1. Create a drawing of one or more natural landforms (i.e., mountains, hills, rivers) on a 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) piece of drawing paper. 2. Outline the drawing with black permanent marker. 3. Add color to the drawing with cray- ons and/or colored pencils. Creating the Built Environment 1. Place a 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) piece of clear acetate or transparency film on top of the natural environment drawing. 2. Use a black permanent marker to draw elements of a humanmade environment (i.e., homes, roads, bridges). Have students brainstorm ideas and practice drawing them first. 3. Use permanent colored markers to color in these elements on the reverse side of the acetate/trans- parency film. It is important to color on the reverse side to prevent smudging the black marker lines. Layering the Images 1. Use clear tape to secure the built environment drawing on top of the natural environment drawing. 2. Use two pieces of tape at the top of the papers to create a hinge that will allow you to lift the top paper (to view the images sepa- rately) and to lower the top paper (to view the merged images). Effective Integration The resulting project was successful on many levels. First, it effectively integrated the visual arts with class- room content; second, it allowed stu- dents to demonstrate their learning and understanding of both subjects in a new and innovative way; and third, students were captivated by the interactive nature of the projects— repeatedly lifting and lowering the top drawing to see the relationship between the two images—which kept them engaged throughout the process. With all participants happy, we defi- nitely created a lesson worth keeping and repeating. Janice Corsino teaches visual arts at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Hawaii. janice. corsino @lejardinacademy.org N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K www.lejardinacademy.org A curriculum that integrates art with other subjects allows students to make conceptual connections across disciplines; engages different learning modalities; and creates active, engaged learners.

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