I. Recommendations of NEP 2020:
Para 4.7 of the National Education Policy 2020 recommends that:
“Art-integration is a cross-curricular pedagogical approach that utilizes various aspects and forms of art and culture as the basis for learning of concepts across subjects. As a part of the thrust on experiential learning, art-integrated education will be embedded in classroom transactions not only for creating joyful classrooms, but also for imbibing the Indian ethos through integration of Indian art and culture in the teaching and learning process at every level. This art-integrated approach will strengthen the linkages between education and culture.”
II. Recommendations of NCFFS 2022
The National Curriculum Framework for Foundational Stage 2022 recommends in the para 1.4.3 that:
“Children express themselves, imagine, and create without any inhibition through the arts. The open-endedness and playful qualities of the arts encourage self-expression, intuition, reasoning, imagination, and communication. Children need to be supported with ideas and opportunities to draw, paint, print, create collages, construct structures with blocks.
Children also love moving, dancing, exploring, and improvising with their bodies and playing musical instruments states.”
I. As a pedagogical initiative, CBSE has introduced Art- Integrated Learning in all its affiliated schools vide Circular No. Acad-12/2019 dated 8th March 2019. The Board has also issuedGuidelines on Art-Integrated Learning vide Circular No. Acad-22/2019 dated 18.04.2019 with an aim to facilitate teachers and principals for implementing Art Integrated Learning as a pedagogical tool for experiential and joyful learning in classroom situation as well as building a joyful learning environment in the school. The Art-Integration guidelines of the Board enlists various suggestive activities, projects, assignments and lesson plans and are available at
II. Vide Circular no. Acad 33/2020 dated 14th May 2020, CBSE has introduced mandatory Art- Integrated Project work for classes I to X, as part of Subject-Enrichment activities under Internal Assessment.
III. Guidelines for the Art-Integrated Project Work:
i. Projects taken up by students should be age-appropriate and enable them to be developed as independent thinkers and learners.
ii. At least one Art-Integrated Project in each subject shall be taken up by all students of classes IX and X. For classes IX and X, the art integrated project work will be assessed as part of the subject enrichment activity in all the subjects for internal assessment.
iii. Students of classes I to VIII will also be encouraged to take at least one ageappropriate Art-Integrated Project (inter-disciplinary project) in a given academic year. The project work can include more than one subject and this can be considered for Internal Assessment in the subjects concerned.
iv. Projects for the students of classes 1 to 2 shall be in compliance with NCFFS 2020, as per the following recommendations given in the section 5.3.1 of NCFFS: Projects, for this Stage, can be short and simple to be within the grasp of young children…By nature, projects are interdisciplinary, involving as many subjects as language arts, social studies, math, science, art, drama, dance, and healthalong with any number of real-life experiences.
v. Students will take up integration with any form of Indian Art - visual or performing, as it will be helpful to students to easily understand the project that is culturally connected to them. Teachers need to facilitate learning of the chosen Indian art form and ensure that the students are able to creatively integrate the art form(s) being used in the project.
vi. In minimum one project work of students from classes I –X, it is mandatory to integrate any art form of the paired State/UT, as defined under Ek Bharat
Shrestha Bharat Programme. Since during the last 3 years’ students are doing project work involving the same pair of States and UTs, the Board has prepared pairing of States and UTs for academic purpose as given in the Annexure-I for Art-Integrated Project work of students in the session 2023-24. This will give an opportunity to the students of CBSE Schools to familiarize with culture, tradition and geography of more States and UTs as envisaged in the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat Programme (EBSB).
vii. Subject teachers along with Arts teachers must plan and discuss the projects in advance at the beginning of the academic session so that students can be given proper guidance toundertake various projects.
viii. The focus should be given on research of new topics that are not yet taken up in the classroom. Teachers must facilitate exploration of research on the topics to give students hands-on experience.
ix. The project should be taken up in an eco-friendly manner, using readily available local resources without any financial burden on parents or guardians.
x. The teachers may follow the following process of embedding arts with other subjects forcarrying out the project work:
xi. The Project should be done by students in groups with up to 4-5 students in each group.
xii. While creating projects, it may also be seen that it should not be so pro- art that it becomes difficult for the subject teacher to take it forward and guide the students. The projects should be simple and doable for the subject teachers and students without the assistance of art teachers/artists or others.
xiii. Assessment techniques should be relevant and age appropriate. Criteria along with rubrics for assessment can be devised collectively by teachers and students while planning the projects. Students must be informed about the criteria decided for assessment along with maximum marks before commencement of work on the project.
xiv. Schools and teachers may prepare their calendar by assigning dates and months for the execution of project work by the students and the records of assessment of these project works should be maintained at the schools.
xv. The Art integrated project work shall also be an integral part of assessing the student’s participation in art related activities and attainment of learning outcomes for the subject/s.
xvi. The marks awarded for these projects, as part of subject-enrichment activities of class X, will be collected by the Board at the time of uploading of marks of internal assessment
C. Art-Integrated Learning (AIL) as a Pedagogical Tool from classes I to XII
• As stated under para B. I above, AIL will continue as a pedagogical tool for classes I to XII.
• The objective of AIL is not to promote arts and skills of arts but to use art as a tool to teach other subjects. The focus here should be to accept arts as medium
of the learning process. So, the subject teachers may make use of simple art forms in the classrooms; and give opportunities to students to enjoy planned art activities and while they are experiencing beauty of arts, they also learn and articulate the core concept of different subjects and apply it in daily life. Art activities which can be integrated with different subjects to aid learning are given in Annexure-II. The activities given in the annexure are only suggestive.
• Correlation of activities, is to be seen broadly and should not restrict to one or the other kind of subjects. For example, what helps us in Agriculture as a subject can also connect to Mathematics and Science subjects. Therefore, the teachers and learners should not limit themselves in the rigid boundaries as suggested in the said annexure.
• In AIL activities, teachers and students may go for integration of visual and performing arts too. Since skill of making art is not the criteria of evaluation, children can explore and might come out with very creative expressions that enable achievement of the learning outcomes.
D. Reporting of Implementation of Art-Integrated Project:
The Board has prepared the Art Education (AE) and Art Integrated Learning (AIL)- AE & AIL portal KALASETU for reporting of the implementation of Art-Education (AE) and Art-Integrated Learning (AIL). The schools are required to upload data of the Art-Education and Art- Integrated Learning projects of students in the KALASETU AE & AIL portal at www.cbse.gov.in for enabling students of class X and XII to appear in Board exam. (Annexure-III) The dates for uploading the details shall be notified in due course.
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