Monthly Archives: April 2012

Art of Collaboration

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture

Each school year, the NCMA partners with four public school systems to bring our collections into classrooms across North Carolina. Art of Collaboration teachers use the visual arts to engage their students in learning about math, science, social studies, and language arts. Since the project’s inception in 2007, the Museum has partnered with over 120 middle school teachers from 29 schools in 15 counties across the state.

Read about how Rowan-Salisbury schools and Kannapolis City Schools are getting excited to participate in this unique program next school year. Buncombe and Craven County Schools will also be participating in 2012-13.

If you are interested in learning more about Art of Collaboration, check out this great video of AOC in action or contact Jill at

Submit a lesson plan!

By Ashley Weinard, NCMA Educator and Project Director, The Big Picture

Have an art-integrated lesson you would like to share with other teachers? Submit your lesson plan to ArtNC and watch your ideas spread across the state. Submissions for all grade levels and disciplines are welcome. To be considered lesson plans must:

1) integrate Common Core State and NC Essential Standards objectives from visual arts and at least one other subject area,

2) incorporate investigation of a work in the NCMA collection,

3) relate to a Big Picture Concept.

Check out these lesson models for ideas. If you are interested in contributing, send a completed lesson plan using the attached template to Each teacher whose lesson plan is selected will receive $200 for his or her work revising the lesson to publish on ArtNC.

Art Applications for High School English

By Kristen Thomas, High School Literacy Coach, Wake County Schools

Kristen presented three ways she integrates art into high school ELA at the recent NCMA Educator Expo in Greenville. Did you miss it? Listen to her voice-annotated presentation.

Art: A Real-World Geometry Problem

By Michael E. Flinchbaugh, Instructional Coach, J. H. Rose High School, Pitt County

As an instructional coach, I have the opportunity to work with teachers in every discipline. I recently worked with an outstanding young geometry teacher eager to challenge her students and incorporate literacy into her curriculum by assigning a geometry-based research paper/project. Rather than simply assigning mathematical research topics like the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, we created research problems based mostly on art, architecture, and nature.

Students were presented with an image and a problem to apply to that image. For example, one pair of students, given an image of the Eiffel Tower, had to figure out the reason the architect used triangles so extensively in his design. Another pair was asked to explain the use of the golden ratio in creating the beauty of the Mona Lisa.

Having solved their problems, at least partially, students wrote papers and presented their work to their classmates. Multidisciplinary learning was the end result, a result made possible only by teacher collaboration.