Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Wendy Miller


Art--Study and teaching (Elementary); Interdisciplinary approach in education;


This project is about arts integration in elementary classrooms, specifically the integration of visual art and literacy. Its purpose is to examine the benefits of art integration and the ways it is currently being utilized in the classroom, both positively and negatively, in order to provide current and future teachers with a practical model for integrating instruction. As a pre-service teacher, I have spent time in a variety of classrooms observing the learning and instruction that is occurring therein. From these experiences I have discovered that art and content area learning are treated as two separate events. I see this as a problem since I believe that learning does not take place in a vacuum, there are connections that exist between every content area. In order for students to apply their learning outside of the classroom, they need to be able to see these connections. Art has always been a part of my life. When I was a child I enjoyed art because it was fun, engaging and an area in which I experienced success. Art provided me an active mode for self expression. I believe that when these elements are found in every classroom, more students will learn more, remember more, and do more.

Year of Submission



Department of Art

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


Object Description

43 p. : col. ill.



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Art Education Commons