The purpose of doing art activities would be to make a certain concept or idea easier to comprehend because they are able to relate to it in an artistic way. “For very young children, making art - or just talking about it- provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions” (Lynch). According to author, Grace Lynch, children learn certain concepts while doing art from a young age. A child may enhance their vocabulary or overall knowledge of a certain area in school. When a child is practising different colors and shapes, they are able to express how they feel and are able to show it.
At a Reggio Emilio school, children are also encouraged to rework any artwork if they fail to convey the intended purpose of the project. The work is done in groups by the students but also planned in pairs by the teacher. By making the arts the core of the curriculum, societies can begin to reaffirm their cultural role in children. Through many education classes, I have studied the importance of experiencing the environment to learn. I have also studied the importance of multiple intelligences in the classroom.
Firstly, children’s cognitive development is greatly enhanced through visual arts. In order for children to produce art, they have to think of an idea, an experience or feeling and construct symbols to express what they know (Isbell & Raines, 2007). Exploration of art materials help children build a knowledge of their physical properties which supports decision-making, evaluation and problem-solving (Edwards, 2010). Moreover, children will have many opportunities to work together in small groups and will then learn to value others’ ideas (Isbell & Exelby, 2001). Since visual arts is a form of self-expression, children can express their feelings through artworks and hence, learn emotional regulation.
Students have a better understanding of education when it is relevant to their needs and everyday life. The nature of knowledge deals with two aspects: that of relative and absolute. From a relative perspective a student’s knowledge is determined by their perception of what surrounds them. Knowledge of any kind has the ability to inspire but if a student does not perceive that knowledge as worthy it may not become part of their educational formation. For instance, a student in art class may perceive different works of a good or bad based on their emotion reaction.
We learned these aspects can enhance learning for the better of the students. The art aspect of the lesson kept the students motivated and engaged. As a teacher, I physically see how creativity can allow for a lesson to be intriguing. In my lessons, I hope to incorporate art with reading. We learned that incorporating an image to a concept can enhance understanding.
When I was growing up, the arts were incorporated into my young life. From acting out characters in play, to coloring with crayons. I am not the only person who is introduced to the arts at a young age, in fact most children are shown the interesting aspects of the artistic world. The introduction of arts in a child's life can spark his or her development, and prepare his or her for a life filled with opportunities of learning and fun. “To feel the meaning of what one is doing, and to rejoice in that meaning: to unite in one concurrent fact the enfolding of the inner life and the ordered development of material conditions – that is art.
Firstly, it enhances students creativity by allowing them to make a self-expression. In most art programms, students are asked to create a painting that represents memory or compose a new rhythm for a piece of music. When students are taught to think creatively, it helps them in their future career. Secondly, the arts improve academic performance, students who are regularly participate in the arts does better in their academic achievement. Thirdly, it develops the students fine motor skills when they hold an instrument such as a paintbrush or oil pastel.
This would also benefit the other students for the same reason. Another way to incorporate creativity into the classroom would be to use group work and movement in the classroom. Jacob’s instructor can include group work in order to enhance students’ learning because it allows the students to work together, talk about what they do and do not understand, what they do and do not agree on, and help each other when someone is struggling. By doing this, Jacob will have a better opportunity to connect with his peers and learn with them. This will also give every student the opportunity to stand up and move around during the day and get an outlet to talk and express themselves.
When a child has the opportunity to paint, draw or sculpt, they are able to practice decision-making. For example, deciding on which media to use and what they want to create. They also are using their creativity to design the artwork they are about to create. From having the opportunity to be imaginative, students can use that creativeness to help think of different solutions to simple problems. Elliot Eisner, who teaches at Stanford, stated, “The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
Rationale The syllabus for creative arts is comprised of five components; visual arts, dance, drama, music and media. The art components help individuals understand how meaning is made. Arts provides ‘opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, creative action, imagination, emotional response, aesthetic, pleasure and the creation of shared meaning. (NSW K-6 Creative Arts syllabus, 2006) Through participation in arts students become more engaged and active in their learning, provides a forum for students to connect with each other and themselves, skill required for their future and students learn to understand who they are and ways of expressing themselves. (Wright, 2012) Through engagement in art our ‘cognitive, social and personal’ abilities