The Value of Art, Craft and Design in the Primary Classroom

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The Value of Art, Craft and Design in the Primary Classroom This rationale is going to discuss the value of art, craft and design in the primary classroom. I am going to emphasise the importance that art and design has, within the primary curriculum. I will also emphasise, how my resource pack promotes the value of creativity in the primary classroom. The teaching of art and design has many benefits, one main benefit is that it promotes children’s creativity. In today’s society we live in a world run by technological modernisations, creativity is a critical component; human skills and people’s influences of creativity and imagination are substantial resources, in a knowledge-driven-economy (Robinson,2001,2009). It is essential to understand, just exactly what creativity actually is. Creativity is described as a ‘state of mind in which all our intelligences are working together’ involving ‘seeing, thinking and innovating’ (Craft,2000:38), also defined as a ‘creative imaginative activity fashioned to promote outcomes, that are both original and of value’, (NACCCE, 1999:29). Art has a distinct role to play in children’s learning, in that it feeds personal creative exploration, which will primarily impact children’s wider accomplishments, ( Driscoll et al 2012).Art, craft and design are about culture, a quest for meaning through making and reflecting, (Penny 2002). My resource pack allows children to reflect on issues, affecting their everyday lives in particular the issues regarding, our environment. Art and design provides alternative methods of communication for children, giving them confidence to communicate through a range of methods, (Kress ,1997 in Driscoll et al 2012). The Plowden report (1967, in Herne et al,2009) states th... ... middle of paper ... ... you think less. London. Fourth Estate. Cox, S. (2007), Teaching art and design 3-11, Continuum International Publishing Group, London. Craft,A. (2000) Creativity Across the Primary Curriculum: Framing and Developing Practice, London: RoutledgeFalmer. Driscoll. P, Lambirth, A , Dr,Roden, J. (2012), The primary curriculum: a creative approach, SAGE, London. Herne. S, Cox.S and ,Watts.R (2009), Readings in primary art education, Intellect, Bristol. National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education (NACCCE) (1999) All Our Futures: The Report of the National Advisory Committee on Creativity and Cultural Education, London: DfEE/DCMS. Penny.S (2002), Teaching arts in primary schools, Learning Matters, Exeter. Robinson,K (2001) Out of Our Minds, London: Capestone. Robinson,K (2009) The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, London: Allen Lane.

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