I’m the Director of Arts Education for our school district and have some questions/thoughts about PBL and arts integration. Our district is utilizing PBL primarily at the high school level, but are moving into middle and elementary. As I explore PBL it looks as if the arts are often an essential piece. However, sometimes the posted lessons will say that the lesson is interdisciplinary in the arts and other subjects and sometimes not. I’m curious about this? How would this be decided?
For example - how could students be expected to design quilt squares without some exploration of the elements of visual art and the princiiples of design? I also see alot of multi-media presentations and spoken or oral presentations, some that are arts integrated, some not. If a project outcome includes a piece of artwork - is this AI (that would be best practices in arts education) or is it simply a “tack-on”? In PBL are the arts, dance, drama, music and visual arts, treated as unique subjects with their own distinct body of skills and knowledge?
I appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks!