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Artful Teaching
Integrating the Arts for Understanding Across the Curriculum K—8

David M. Donahue and Jennifer Stuart, Editors
Foreword by Cyrus E. Driver
Afterword by Lois Hetland
Pub Date: June 2010, 192 pages

Paperback: $26.95, ISBN: 0807750808
Cloth: $57.00, ISBN: 0807750816
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“Educators are increasingly taking heart and taking hold of arts integration in the ways described in this wonderful volume. As families and city leaders begin to observe the transformative effects of arts-integrated schools, it is my hope that the arts gain further traction in our schools, and ultimately, become a fundamental part of basic public education.”
—From the Foreword by Cyrus E. Driver, The Ford Foundation

“I find the result of these authors’ efforts stunning. For me, the volume stands as a testament to what educators might offer to students and society if we can move beyond our insular walls and the hierarchies that they breed.”
—From the Afterword by Lois Hetland, coauthor of Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education

"Provides a thorough guide to integrating art into other disciplinary subjects...recommended."


The authors in this volume share exemplary arts-integration practices across the K–8 curriculum. Rather than providing formulas or scripts to be followed, they carefully describe how the arts provide an entry point for gaining insight into why and how students learn. The book includes rich and lively examples of public school teachers integrating visual arts, music, drama, and dance with subject matter, including English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of why and how to use the arts everyday, in every school, to reach every child. Both a practitioner’s guide and a school reform model, this important book:

  • Explains how arts integration across the K–8 curriculum contributes to student learning.
  • Features examples of how integrated arts education functions in classrooms when it is done well.
  • Explores intensive teacher-education and principal-training programs now underway in several higher education institutions.
  • Offers concrete ideas for educators who are looking to strengthen their own skills.

David M. Donahue is associate professor of education at Mills College, Oakland, California. Jennifer Stuart is arts coordinator at San Francisco Friends School.

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