Arts In Education
This approach to education values the process and experiential learning as much as creation of art object or performance oriented learning.
Arts in Education is a relatively nascent field of educational research and practice which is expanding exponentially. It consists of inquiries into learning through artistic involvements. Arts in this perspective comprise of Performance arts education, literature & poetry, storytelling, visual arts education in film, craft, design, digital arts, media, and photography. Arts in education differs from art education as the focus is not so much on teaching art, but on the following:
- Ways to improve learning through the arts
- Ways to transfer learning in & through the arts to other fields
- Determining and facilitating comprehension of human behavior, thinking, potential, and learning particularly through close scrutiny of artworks and varied styles and forms of engagement in artistic experiences.
Art infused learning is a process to impart training in artistic skills combined with academics. This particular educational approach emphasizes the process and hands on learning as much as creating artworks or performance oriented education.
Two significant projects launched in this measure are launched in the European Union. European Union has funded ARTinED, a unique approach to education that uses arts as a tool of learning. ARTinED integrates arts into each subject that is taught in the primary schools. The European Commission has also launched a project and initiative ART4rom that focuses on practicing arts among children in school and non-school environments. The goal of the project is to nurture and encourage an intercultural dialogue, initiate a conducive environment for a better mutual understanding and societal inclusion for Roma and non-Roma children in the age group 5-10 yrs.
There, however is a substantial loophole in the pedagogical nature of the various models of education theory applied here. The fact that most of the art or design schools are involved in teaching of adults has been entirely overlooked. It is because of this error in judgement that this pedagogical model of learning is completely unsuitable for institutions that have an Andragogical focus i.e. teaching adults.
The importance of Art in Education programs.
The stress in the school environments has been building up causing tension among the young ones. This has resulted in bringing the performance of the children down. Art in education acts as a therapy as it offers joy and a sense of calm and brings an ease and carefreeness into the curriculum. It comes as a respite breaking the monotony of arithmetic and reading in the academic environment. If a student is less wired and more relaxed, there is bound to be an improvement in the academics whether it is literature, arithmetic, or the sciences.
Art integrated education programs or academics infused with art is beneficial in expanding the children’s mind and keep them more interested in school and learning. It has been established that students with art programs are three times more likely to graduate than those without. Art programs give kids an emotional release, a creative and inventive thinking, and broaden their minds in terms of the way they approach life. Children with access to art programs in school or after school tend to be interested to stay in school and have lesser chances or tendencies to go astray or fall into bad company.