Developing a Cross-Curriculum Multicultural K-6 Art Program: Linking Language with Art
This paper presents both teacher and student reflections relating to activities undertaken during the developmental stages of a Cross-Curriculum Multicultural K-6 Art Program. The Art Program, developed in association with the Quality Teaching Framework, has been designed to engage student learning and promote creativity. Throughout the duration of the program students were encouraged to create individual and unique artworks enabling them to reflect on values and attitudes towards language and culture. Students developed deep knowledge about art appreciation and the processes required to create quality art pieces. In addition, students demonstrated a growing awareness and appreciation of language and cultural identity through the learning experiences presented. The Art Program implements elements of the Quality Teaching Framework, the Italian K 6 Syllabus, the Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus and the Professional Standards for accomplished teaching of languages and cultures. Essentially, the aim of the Art Program has been to provide students with meaningful and authentic learning opportunities designed to enhance linguistic, cultural and artistic awareness.
Keywords: Reflections, Student Engagement, Artistic Awareness, Quality Teaching, Language and Culture, Multicultural Art
Penelope Rae Johnstone
Italian Language Teacher, Language Division, Oatley Public School
Teacher, English as a Second Language, Oatley Public School