At Holywell School, the arts (fine arts, drama, music, movement) have always been an integrated part of our curriculum. We weave the arts into our core classroom learning as well as teach specific artistic skills and abilities.
Here is what we’ve learned through experience about why arts integration is so important:
- Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
- Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand.
- Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
- Visual arts teach learners about colour, layout, perspective, and balance; all techniques which are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
- Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in learning.
- Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching children to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
- The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.
- Art education connects children with their own culture as well as with the wider world.
- Research states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are more likely to be recognised for academic achievement than children who do not participate in arts education.
- A study in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary incidents and higher attendance and test scores.