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Springmead Newsletter 17, 2018

Focus on Art from the

Focus on Art from the Heart Art is not usually considered to be one of the core elements of the curriculum. Following Government guidelines, the focus is on English, Maths and Science. The question arises as to whether this matters. At Springmead we believe in a holistic approach for each child; all things are planned to engage and develop the child as a whole, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual elements. It is interesting that Art educationalists, and psychologists who study children's art, claim that it promotes educational benefits that other school subjects cannot. These benefits come both from practising art and from learning about it. Children can use their imagination and creativity skills through taking their experiences of the world and transform them through art. Art allows children to explore, build on and record their own creative and imaginative ideas. It provides an opportunity for children to express their feelings and ideas with opportunities for self-expression and a way of communicating to others. This may be to re-live a happy experience or as a way of expressing good ideas, sad ideas or concerns. Art facilitates visual thinking, which is used as a skill in the sciences and a variety of occupations. It can help children learn other subjects by studying and thinking about the world without the restrictions of words and numbers. It also develops observational skills, raising awareness of the visual aspects of the world around them. In addition, it provides so many opportunities to develop logical thinking, problem solving and analytical skills. Trying to create a three-dimensional image on something which is two-dimensional takes time and effort to achieve. Once a piece of art has been created it is something which belongs to the child and it is his or hers to articulate what it says or depicts, creating higher self-esteem and confidence. Dr Richard Jolley, Senior Lecturer in Child Psychology, Staffordshire University says, “We know that areas within the right hemisphere of the brain are the primary seat for processing and developing the learning gained through participation in art activities. It is likely, therefore, that an art education teaches a specific set of thinking skills not adequately addressed elsewhere in the curriculum.” As subject-leader, and with an obvious bias, apart from anything else, as Pablo Picasso so eloquently puts it, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Jane Dickson

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