ERIC Number: ED288790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Thinking through the Arts: A Comprehensive Arts in Education Program.
This paper describes a model education program in art education. The goals of the program are to: (1) encourage higher levels of thinking; (2) increase knowledge of arts terminology, style, and concepts; and (3) develop the characteristics of creative thinking, in students from kindergarten through high school. The teaching focus requires the infusion of arts-making and arts-responding activities into the humanities, science, and mathematics curricula. It also requires regular, sequential instruction in art, music, dance, and theater in a manner that supports general education goals. It emphasizes students' use of higher levels of thinking (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) as they observe artistic events or create art objects. In addition, it stresses the acquisition of those characteristics associated with creative thinking. Fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration are variously stressed depending upon the nature of the assignment. Central to the program is a commitment to at least one period per week of formal instruction in art and vocal music to students in elementary schools by state-certified specialists. For older students the opportunity to study with arts specialists is complemented through involvement in additional arts activities such as rehearsals for performances. Intensive staff development needs to accompany this program. (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Rochelle City School District, NY.