It was our first time and it was a huge success!
At Tamaki Primary we have been taking Arts seriously. Arts is an important part of the NZ Curriculum but is often the one overlooked under the pressures of gaining achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths. I strongly feel that Arts help us develop on many fundamental levels.
The Nz Curriculum states -
The arts are powerful forms of expression that recognise, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multicultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders. The arts have their own distinct languages that use both verbal and non-verbal conventions, mediated by selected processes and technologies. Through movement, sound, and image, the arts transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate layered meanings.
Here are a few -
Arts allows students to develop their creativity by expressing themselves in different forms.
Right from when the child learns to hold things in their hands, they are exploring in using their motor skills. Art develops the motor skills of the child as they progress in their school years.
Children need to to be able to interpret and use visual information to analyse and critic. Art teaches them to do this. It is important for children to know about more about the world than just what they can learn form texts and numbers.
Perseverance and Confidence
From What I know from my own experience, Arts can be challenging. Being able to create a melody and play it on an instrument requires lots of practice. A child learning to do this knows that his/her hard work will pay off one day and he /she will be able to do it effortlessly through practice. Art develops perseverance that children will transfer when working on difficult projects.