Jill Fairhurst Taylor and Diana Helton Rennels


Unit Description: "The Hoosier Group" . . . Integrating Art Across the Curriculum

Keywords: Indiana; artists; Cecil Head; William Forsyth; T.C. Steele; Gene Stratton Porter; Paul Dresser; Robert Frost; landscape; farm; rural; Impressionists; Herron

Curriculum Area: Thematic or cross disciplinary/subject matter; Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; Math; Fine Arts; Technology

Grade Level(s): Elementary or secondary

Appropriate Group Size(s): Whole Class

Time Expected to Complete Instructional Plan: Two weeks

Instructional Objectives:
Students will:

  1. be introduced to the paintings of T.C. Steele, Cecil Head and William Forsyth leading to a discussion of what is a painting
  2. use writing skills tying together the artists' paintings and literature
  3. use landscapes for social studies curriculum of Native Americans
  4. learn about Indiana literature and legends
  5. use map skills
  6. reflect on the Indiana artists' paintings in the early 1900's
  7. study Indiana history
  8. research the artists and Indiana history
  9. apply scientific knowledge with seeds
  10. learn about rock formations and types of rocks in Indiana
  11. research and study animals of Indiana
  12. find information about an archaeological dig
  13. write story problems with regard to their research
  14. use graphing skills
  15. measure and calculate using a map
  16. participate and use various technology
  17. study the music and musicians of Indiana
  18. enjoy field experiences

Indiana State Standards:

Materials & Resources:

Museum Resources:

Web Sites:


First the teacher will need to acquire background information on the featured artists to be able to introduce this unit of study. Also, the structure of the I.S.T.E.P. writing sample needs to be reviewed to model good writing practices with the students. Quite simply, a teacher's enthusiasm for the potential art has to enrich existing curriculum is key to the success of this unit. Introduce the artists through the web sites and digitalized pictures. Discuss the art medium and use of color. Discuss the "Hoosier Group" of artists in Indiana.

Strategies and Activities:

Student Assessment:

Extensions and Field Experiences:

Family Activities:

Teacher Notes:

It is important to stress that every child will have different levels of artistic ability, but that all artistic attempts are celebrated for their individuality and effort.