Art and artmaking can be integrated into many other subject areas. In the Online Art Suitcase for the 4th grade, various lesons integrate with math, science, writing, and Indian Education for All. Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is an inquiry-based teaching practice that works for art as well as other subject areas. Inquiry-based learning helps develop critical thinking skills which are essential for all aspects of education. Incorporating art fosters out of the box thinking and encourages students to observe and interpret the world from many different angles.

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Untitled, 1982, Kevin Red Star (Crow/Apsáalooke), Lithograph Print, 22 x 30”, Gift of Yellowstone Print Club (1982.18)

Kevin Red Star’s Untitled print integrates IEFA. When including Crow Astronomy Stories, both IEFA and science can be integrated.

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Three Girls Walking along a Path, 1992, Ken Blackbird (Gros Ventre/Assiniboine), Color Photograph, 15.5 x 23”, Gift of the artist, David Orser and Ossie Abrams (2002.5)

Ken Blackbird’s Three Girls Walking along a Path photograph integrates IEFA and visual art. Using traditional powwow drumming to inspire student artwork integrates IEFA and music.
Assiniboine Powwow Drum Circle

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Magpies in the Snowstorm, 1986, Jessie Wilber, Serigraph (Screen Print), 25 x 20”, Museum purchase with Montana Cultural Trust Fund (1989.4)

Jessie Wilber’s Magpies in the Snowstorm can integrate art with science by focusing on, protected or endangered species, such as magpies.

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Untitled, circa 1920s, Isabelle Johnson, Watercolor on Paper, 17.5 x 14.75”, Gift of Isabelle Johnson Estate (IJ1992.318)

Isabelle Johnson’s Untitled watercolor integrates art with math by using tessellations.

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When the Queen Goes Out, I Like to Soak My Feet, 2005, Sheila Miles, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 18”, Museum purchase funded by Miriam Sample (2007.3)

Sheila Miles’ When the Queen Goes Out, I Like to Soak My Feet painting integrates art with writing by having students create a narrative story to inspire their artwork.