One of the wonderful advantages of integrating the arts is that 21st Century Skills are inherent in the processes of the arts. The skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life according to the 21st Century Partnership are communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. Harvard’s Project Zero research group has worked for years on teaching thinking. Artful Thinking Routines were designed to help K‐12 teachers regularly use works of visual art and music in their curriculum in ways that strengthen student thinking and learning. These “thinking routines” are simple patterns or structures that allow teachers to assess because the students’ thinking is made visible. They incorporate rigor into the curriculum by motivating and engaging students in critical thinking activities and students are engaged in interesting activities.
There are 2 goals for the program:
- Teachers create rich connections between works of art and music and curricular topics
- Teachers use art as a force for developing student thinking.
From the Project Zero site:
|Why Make Thinking Visible for Students?|
|Why Make Thinking Visible for Teachers and Leaders?|
Artful Thinking and Visual Art: Build Critical Thinking Skills Through the Arts.
Using Artful Thinking strategies from Harvard University’s Project Zero and as well as a variety of visual thinking skills, and the Arts as the text provides an avenue for strategies to build common core critical thinking skills. Through a variety of protocols students learn to draw conclusions, make inferences, provide the evidence for their conclusions, compare and contrast, sequence and categorize, all through discussions around the arts while exploring a variety of techniques and ways to improve students thinking through the arts.
Artful Thinking and Visual Art: Using drama and social studies to improve critical thinking.
By using Harvard’s Project Zero Thinking Protocols and Visual Art, discover ways to build thinking skills while exploring the arts and history. Through a variety of protocols students learn to draw conclusions, make inferences, provide the evidence for their conclusions, compare and contrast, sequence and categorize, all through discussions around the arts while exploring a variety of techniques and ways to improve students thinking through the arts. Students can also learn the parts of a story, discussing setting, plot, character and conflict as well as the elements of art and how the artist uses them to create meaning in the painting or sculpture.
Images- List with links – high resolution and downloadable for use in powerpoints, list of companies that sell prints for use with Artful Thinking. Over fifty images of art $3.95