A Case Study of a National Arts Education Partnership
Chapter 6. Arts Appreciation
· 6 · arts appreciation Valuing the Arts The artists, teachers, and project coordinators noted that indicators of an appreciation of the arts emerged in several different ways throughout the projects. There was evidence of an artistic perspective by students gained from working as artists; transformation of the school from an institutional to aesthetic environment; student engagement in real-life arts experiences; and increased enjoyment of learning when participating in arts activities. Another dimension noted by the teachers was that the arts activities were intrinsically motivating and actively engaged students in learning. The project coordinators noted that the students made a connection between school learning and art presented by local artists, thereby gaining an awareness of the arts in their own communities. Overall, the partners noted that students learned to view the world from an artistic perspective, thereby gaining an understanding the role of the artist in society (refer to appendix 4, pp. 125–128). 52 a case study of a national arts education partnership Artistic Perspective First Nations peoples believe that the true path to understanding is to walk in another’s shoes for a period of time. Within the projects, young people were encouraged to think and create like artists and express their feelings through their creations. This approach enabled students to achieve a greater apprecia- tion of the role of artists and of the benefits of the arts to society. Artist The real bridge was thinking of themselves as artists rather than as something they just did in school, so that...
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