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Teaching Resources: Integrating Visual Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences Classrooms

Photo of a sage green pond. Around the pond is moss-covered rocks and trees.
Forest moss garden on the banks of the Golden Pond at the Saihōji, Rinzai Zen Buddhist Temple in Matsuo, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. Source: Wikipedia at

Just as they enrich our lives, the visual arts have wonderful potential to stimulate students’ imaginations, intercultural understanding, and knowledge of other academic subjects.  The following selections from the EAA archives should prove helpful for teachers and students from a wide range of academic disciplines including anthropology, history, communications, religion, philosophy, and art history courses. Each teaching resource essay has rich visuals, most include teaching questions and resources, and all can be useful for face-to-face and digital learning.


Other Teaching Resources: “Teaching China with the Smithsonian”

Recently, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, announced the launch of a new website designed by educators, for educators titled “Teaching China with the Smithsonian.” The website explores one of the world’s oldest civilizations through museum objects, lesson plans, videos, web interactives, and other resources relevant for world history, social studies, visual arts, and language arts curricula in grades five through twelve. Discover objects from the Freer and Sackler collections, essays on aspects of Chinese history, and interdisciplinary lesson plans written by teachers from the Washington, DC area and across the United States. The site features extensive multimedia resources including videos highlighting art and craft traditions, an interactive map and timeline, interactive artworks, and more!

This article was published as part of the July 2020 EAA Digest.