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Activity 1: Fabric Collage5
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IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN THE CURRICULUM
Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. Experiences in the arts – in dance, drama, music, and visual arts –play a valuable role in helping students to participate fully in their community and in society as a whole.
Children first learn to respond aesthetically to their environment through touch, taste, sound and smell, and their natural curiosity suggests a need for sensory experience. Visual arts education helps to develop sensory awareness.
Each child possesses a range of intelligences and he/she needs a variety of learning experiences in order to develop them fully. Visual arts activities enable children to make sense of and to express their world in visual, tangible form.
The development of the child cannot be complete without exposing her/him to art and music especially, which are the basic forms of aesthetic appreciation.
Learning through the arts
Fosters integration of a student’s sensory, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities. For example, hands-on materials and activities can challenge students to move from the concrete to the abstract, and students can develop ideas.
Is enjoyable, fulfilling and also intellectually rigorous disciplines.
Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills.
Develops fine motor skills of children.
Repeating stories, poems, and songs strengthens memory.
Help to level the learning field across socio-economic boundaries. Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, increasing academic achievement.
Provides a natural source of learning. Child development specialists note that play is the business of young children; play is the way children promote and enhance their development. The arts are a most natural vehicle for play.
Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom.
Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.
Provide a natural vehicle through which students can explore and express themselves and discover and interpret the world around them.
Reduces children’s negative attitudes toward school and develop confidence and enjoyment as motivation.
Dance helps build motor control, body relationships, and a sense of direction. Drawing, sculpting, and other visual arts develop spatial acuity. Group activities, such as learning dance steps or singing songs, build social skills.
As children describe people and things in their world using pictures, body movements, and mime, they enhance their descriptive, nonverbal, cognitive capabilities. Expand and deepen the attention span and powers of concentration of pupils, their ability to listen, observe closely, interpret what they see and enables them to become more self-aware and self-confident. Enhances intellectual and emotional development of children. Encourages innovative and dynamic ways of thinking, spontaneity, intuition and improvisation. Develop students’ ability to think creatively and critically.
Nourish and stimulate the imagination of students and help them...