Source: Experiential Learning
To enable students to find meaning through experiential learning, CBSE is promoting art integrated education to make learning joyful.
Joseph Immanuel, director, Academics, CBSE, says “Art integrated education is a pedagogical practice. For example, through Bharatanatyam, teachers can help students understand angles and degrees. These pedagogies make children connect learning with real life. It makes learning joyful and interesting. Art integrated education is not about perfection in art but how to use art to teach a subject.”
Syed Aliya, Narayana e- Techno School, Chennai, says that Art can be integrated with education in several ways, such as using Art to teach Math concepts or using it to teach about a certain period in History. Art integrated education can be beneficial for both students and teachers, as it can help engage students and make the teaching material more relatable.
Art integrated education is different from art education, adds Aliya. Art is a tool to teach other subjects. In the case of art integrated education, the end goal is to provide new ways of visualising and articulating the concepts. It can develop critical thinking, problem-solving skills, teamwork and better communication, she adds.
“Using different art forms enables teaching abstract concepts with much ease and interest. Art integration learning helps in the quicker understanding of the topic and also increases the retention capacity of the students. Learning through arts caters to different students possessing different skills of intelligence –naturalistic, spatial, visual, musical, kinesthetic, etc. This will drive a holistic approach and the overall development of students,” says Deepa Rani, head of school, Ekya School BTM Layout, Bengaluru.
Art Education enables students to develop an appreciation of art. “Art education is generally the process of encouraging sensorial explorations involving artistic and creative expression, such as music, drawing, painting, singing, theatre, etc. This can be either scholastic or co-scholastic. It enables students to work with their ideas, and materials in a non-verbal form. In art integration, the various art forms become the centre of the curriculum. It breaks the monotony of teaching, and makes the class interactive and conducive to learning,” says Rani.
She adds that as the learning is more demonstrative in nature, it creates an eagerness to learn, enables students to become more independent and develops 21st-century skills such as expression, creativity, critical thinking, reasoning, problem-solving and collaboration, etc. It leads to the development of leadership, teamwork and competency skills in students allowing them to relate to real-world problems or situations.
“It provides an equitable learning environment for all learners. Every child may not be able to express themselves in the way we want. They can use art in their learning. Every occupation we pursue has the application of art as well as core subject concepts. Be it designing, technical drawing or architecture, marketing and advertisement, or even entrepreneurship, arts experiences boost critical thinking. So it’s time children are given the freedom to learn in the best way that suits them,” says Kavita Nagpal, Principal, Orchids The International School, Masjid Bunder, Mumbai.