Arts Education shapes and strengthens the unique voice of our students, while facilitating the vibrant interaction of their different voices. Likewise, we celebrate the rich diversity of our arts educators and the kaleidoscope of perspectives and practices they bring. In negotiating this differentiated landscape populated by the diverse needs of learners, the dynamic arts teacher generates opportunities for meaningful and impactful learning experiences through both in-school and home-based learning contexts, guiding and co-creating with students to discover their voice as part of the larger community of voices.
This strand challenges arts educators to draw upon a wide range of ideas and insights, and to harness the power of arts engagement to prime learners in navigating and creating new meaning from a diversity of viewpoints. Conversations among arts educators may also revolve around the crafting of differentiated strategies to inspire joy of learning based on the specific qualities of each student, and to spark their unique journey of lifelong discovery.
Artistic expression is symbiotic with our lived experience. It draws upon the richness and vitality of the world we live in as individuals and as communities, and offers creative modes for us to reframe and make meaning of life’s highs and lows. Impactful arts teaching connects with students’ prior experience and ignites and nurtures their interest, giving voice and hope to their deepest fears and loftiest dreams. Therefore, the true arts educator is rooted always in relevance and driven by authenticity.
This strand explores artistic expression as a space for teachers to guide students in forging identity and values, as well as a mode for learning about culture, heritage and society. Arts educators can share innovative ways of designing learning experiences that connect deeply with students’ lives, and serve as a platform where transformative conversations about self and society can be facilitated through artistic expression.
Arts educators look to artists to spark our imagination, give us courage to push boundaries and challenge us to consider alternatives. New technologies and accompanying new literacies have also expanded new repertoires of expressions across art forms. Through engagements with the various art forms, we are sensitised to the intricacies of artistic expressions and uncover multiple approaches to communicate our ideas.
Taking cues from artists and drawing on the strengths of the arts fraternity during such uncertain times, this strand asks arts educators to engage in exchange about creative learning possibilities and promising teaching practices. Besides tried-and-tested ideas and best practices, what else? Having garnered valuable lessons from facilitating Home-Based Learning and Blended Learning, arts educators may want to focus in the areas of digital technologies that enable a broader range of artistic expressions and pedagogical strategies, supporting the diverse learning needs of students in the 21st century arts classrooms.