A Creative Arts classroom is not simply a place where the technical skills of painting, acting, photography, musicianship and drawing are taught. It is also a place where these skills are employed to express ideas, interrogate the world, formulate self-identity and to challenge assumptions. In fact, if you scratch the surface of any great artwork you’ll find more than just pigment … but rather, a battlefield of politics, religion, philosophy, history and culture.
Art allows students to value the lessons learned through the trials of experimentation and to understand the way in which the journey shapes the outcome. You need to prepare students for tragedies as well as triumphs. It’s what makes the final victory worthwhile.
Here are 5 ways that study of the arts can prepare children for life outside the classroom:
- Confidence – Participating in the arts gives children the chance to step outside their comfort zone. Performing on stage in music and drama productions can provoke feelings of uncertainty and excitement. As students improve in their abilities, their self-confidence will grow.
- Decision-making – The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Drama students are encouraged to consider how to play certain characters. Visual Arts students will need to decide how to portray messages and meaning through their artworks. Learning how to make these choices is a valuable life skill.
- Perseverance – The Arts can be challenging. Learning to master an instrument takes time, dedication, motivation and hard work. This concept of ‘practice makes perfect’ can be applied throughout all stages of life as we continually develop new skills.
- Focus – As students learn to persevere, focus is vitally important. Developing strong focus will help with study, classroom learning and difficult work projects into the future.
- Academic performance – Research suggests that young people who regularly participate in the Arts are more likely to perform well in other academic areas.
At Trinity the Creative Arts classrooms provide a place where boys can learn to develop their own unique voice and express who they are. It is a place where they can learn to be critical and receptive, passionate and patient, confident and aware.
To learn more about how Trinity Grammar School encourages the pursuit of the creative arts by their students, download our Festival of the Arts brochure.