Transcript of The literacy of the creative arts
Speaker: The creative arts is important in its own right when explicitly taught.
But did you know it can also contribute to developing literacy skills at the same time?
The creative arts have so many opportunities for students to develop their general skills. If only they could learn literacy skills while acting out, sketching cartoons, or singing up a storm.
The good news is they can.
Vocabulary growth occurs whenever students are exposed to new material like a story, singing a song, role playing, following dance steps, or describing an artwork.
Dance, drama, music, and visual arts give opportunities for emotion and expression, creating meaning, enjoyment, imagination, and emotional responses.
We all know there's value in arts learning. After all, it's a full brain-and-body workout. 'A man paints with his brains, not with his hands.'
'Every time a musician picks up the instrument, there are fireworks going off all over their brain.'
'Creative drama and dance activities provide rich verbal classroom interactions.'
But learning through arts is also powerful in its own right. 'Creativity will be the currency of the 21st century.'
The digital age has changed the way modern learners learn. For generations to thrive, our methods need to adapt amongst today's distractions and vividly engage students.
After all, creativity involves imagining, planning, and experimenting through artistic concepts and involves collaboration, communication, critical, and creative thinking-- in other words, the four C's.
These are at the core of the creative arts.
Given the increasing capability of technology to do almost anything that can be reduced to routines,
it may be that the greatest contributions to economic growth will in the future come from the creative arts.'
'Creativity is now as important in education as literacy.'
You can use creative arts across the whole curriculum. Let's look at the links between literacy and the arts.
Drama - creating narratives using drama or a text as stimulus. Why not compose scripts, ads, another text types
through play building and improvisation?
Music-- singing songs or performing and moving to songs that relate to a selected text.
How do the lyrics contribute to the meaning of the song?
Visual arts-- creating artworks to reflect a text.
What about when writing an artist intent statement to accompany an artwork?
Or dance-- interpreting the movements of each other.
Use objects, images, or ideas to inspire the creation of a dance
The arts inspire outcomes.
It may just be the key to our survival.
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