Education & Learning Through The Arts Arts To Education

Through practice and hard work, the children could perform certain body movements confidently. They would improve in self-esteem as they successfully perform the desired body movements. Fresh Arts Theatre School provides fun, creative and confidence boosting performing arts sessions for children aged 3-16 on a Saturday morning or afternoon. Fresh Arts Theatre School provides children with professional level training and arts accreditation. It is not just GCSE entries that suggest arts education is in trouble in schools. Department for Education figures published in July 2015 show that between 2010 and 2014 the number of hours the arts were taught in secondary schools fell by 10% and the number of arts teachers fell by 11%.

  • World-class contemporary performing arts training with expert staff in a uniquely welcoming atmosphere.
  • Self-esteem could be developed in the process of demonstrating the required skills.
  • The arts play an important role in enriching young people’s learning and educational experiences.
  • Closely related to the form-content relationship is a fourth lesson the arts can teach education.

For the impressionists the idea was light, for the surrealists it was the unconscious, for the cubists it was time and space, for the American regionalists of the 1930’s it was the ordinary lives of ordinary people that was celebrated. These interests provided direction to the work but the quality of the work was always appraised by what it did within experience. Winston Churchill once said that first we design our buildings and then our buildings design us. To paraphrase Churchill we can say, first we design our curriculum then our curriculum designs us. What I think many of us want is not only a form of educational practice whose features, so to speak, “design us,” but a form of educational practice that enables students to learn how to design themselves.

For many young people, particularly those experiencing the most disadvantage, the only opportunity to gain access to arts education is at school. Decisions we make about such matters have a great deal to do with the kinds of minds we develop in school. Minds, unlike brains, are not entirely given at birth; minds are also forms of cultural achievement. The kinds of minds we develop are profoundly influenced by the opportunities to learn that the school provides. And this is the point of my remarks about what education might learn from the arts.

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Our inclination to control and predict is, at a practical level, understandable, but it also exacts a price; we tend to do the things we know how to predict and control. Opening oneself to the uncertain is not a pervasive quality of our current educational environment. Uncertainty needs to have its proper place in the kinds of schools we create. These beliefs and the vision of education they adumbrate are not altogether alien to the contemporary scene. We live at time that puts a premium on the measurement of outcomes, on the ability to predict them, and on the need to be absolutely clear about what we want to accomplish.

Arts To Education

This has had a significant impact, particularly on our new arrival/beginner EAL pupils. Class teachers, parents and pupils themselves talk positively and passionately about the children’s increase in confidence and willingness to speak out loud. The Fresh Arts tutors have helped our children to ‘find their voice’ and to use it. Arts subjects are an essential part of children and young people’s education, enshrined within human rights and developing key skills and competencies for adult life. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are particulary hard hit by a decline in the arts in schools. Compared to their wealthier peers they do not get the same level of access to arts outside of school.

If for any reason, we are unable to deliver our classes in the Fresh Arts venue, we will be offering replacement classes delivered via an online platform such as Zoom where available. Our toilet policy has been modified to incorporate social distancing. We will be observing class sizes in line with social distancing. Registration will be taken in each group’s classroom, where students will remain throughout their Fresh Arts Theatre School session. To minimise risk, students will stay in their allocated class ‘bubbles’ during their time at Fresh Arts Theatre School.

Design For Life

To do this I will be describing the forms thinking the arts evoke and their relevance for re-framing our conception of what education might try to accomplish. To secure a perspective for the analysis, let’s first look at the historical context within which our current assumptions about reliable and effective practice have been based. For our part, in 2016 we published the Arts Award Impact Study.


Having a nose for telling questions and a feel for incisive answers are not empty metaphors. What are these distinctive forms of thinking, these artistically rooted qualitative forms of intelligence? Let me describe six of them for you and the way they might play out in school. As you can tell I am not thrilled with the array of values and assumptions that drive our pursuit of improved schools. What we can do is to generate other visions of education, other values to guide its realization, other assumptions on which a more generous conception of the practice of schooling can be built. That is, although I do not think revolution is an option, ideas that inspire new visions, values, and especially new practices are.