Linking Language with Art: Developing a Cross-curriculum Multicultural K-6 Art Program

By Penelope Rae Johnstone and Kim Popplewell.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 11, pp.201-210. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.259MB).

Penelope Rae Johnstone

Italian Language Teacher, Language Division, Oatley Public School, Oatley, New South Wales, Australia

Penelope is committed to raising cultural awareness through the development of teaching programs which promote multicultural values in education. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Languages), Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) and Masters Degree in Education (TESOL). Her interests include languages, history, art, culture, music, science and technology, social and political issues within the global community. Through delivery of the Italian language program at Oatley Public School she attempts to link Italy and Europe with Australia and other countries in the Asian Pacific Region. Penelope is particularly interested in undertaking further study in this area.

Kim Popplewell

Teacher, English as a Second Language, Oatley Public School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Kim Popplewell has been employed with the NSW Department of Education and Training since 1978. Her teaching experience is wide and varied. Kim’s experience includes leadership roles, such as, Assistant Principal and team leader at Oatley Public School during her 10 years involvement with the school and local community. Throughout her career she has mentored beginning teachers providing guidance and inspiration. Kim’s contribution to education has been acknowledged by the NSW Department of Education and Training with a Certificate of Excellence. Areas of expertise include teaching art in the primary context, teaching English as a Second Language, teaching students with special needs and teacher librarian.


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