Amy Traggianese | October 2016
STEAM in Art Class
STEAM in art class? Yes, please!
A STEM is great, but STEAM adds an “A” for Art and design. While teaching twenty-first-century skills, art and design should be integrated with science, technology, engineering, and math. Students need to create and design objects that are functional, look good and work in an innovative, elegant way. Adding some scientific resources to incorporate STEAM in art class will make learning while creating a natural combination for young artists.
Young learners need to make cross-disciplinary connections: that’s why my art room will be a lot STEAMier this year. I’ve started using a different instructional approach called Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB), a nationally recognized choice-based art education model to teach art. My art room is now called “Art Studio 139” and has centers set up to explore drawing, painting, collage, architecture, and 3-D construction. Each student artist is responsible for his or her own materials, set-up and clean-up. The students will be working like “real artists” and will be given choice in the projects they create.
Throughout my years of teaching, I have been offering more and more choice within art lessons, so TAB is a natural extension. I also believe that children need a place to be able to create, explore, solve problems and succeed. I am excited to see how my students will flourish and grow as artists and problem solvers during this school year.