Literacy & Language Learning: Authentic Connections to the Arts
Students in our programs learn to work and think like artists
Use the tools and language of an art form to take imaginative risks and make artistic choices
Collaborate to explore and communicate a concept or feeling
Give voice to ideas, envision alternative possibilities and persevere
Engage in a creative process that requires higher order thinking skills: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation
Artistic Expression is Literate Expression
Students learn to communicate through body, facial, and vocal expression, and can express more complex ideas and understanding than their sometimes limited verbal capacities allow. Cognition begins in the body; vocabulary and knowledge build from the immediacy of experience.
Verbal Language is Integral to Artistic Expression
Once students have expressed complex ideas through the arts, their artistic expression can be observed and described by themselves and others. This descriptive process builds vocabulary and helps students further develop their capacity to talk about complex ideas while simultaneously developing their artistic voice.
A Rigorous Artistic Process Builds Social-Emotional Learning
Children learn to work and think independently, take imaginative risks, discover and develop their ideas, and collaborate. By engaging in the creative process, students develop a personal stake in the outcome, which lowers the affective filter (Krashen, 2003), and helps them take greater risks.