We, as a staff, believe that the arts add quality to life. Through arts education students have the opportunity to learn about the thoughts, feeling, and ideas of themselves and others. UNESCO explains the importance of an arts education for children.
Arts education [with] aims of passing down cultural and artistic heritage to young people, giving them the means to create their own artistic language (in one of the various art disciplines) and contributing to their personality development both on an emotional and a cognitive level, has a positive influence on a child’s overall development, both academic and personal. Such education, when it makes use of a child’s creative potential, strengthens the acquisition of knowledge and life skills: creativity, imagination, oral expression, manual ability, concentration, memory, personal interest in others, etc. http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=28054&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html)
Through the arts with media literacy as a foundation, and multiple literacies as a goal, students can develop communication and collaboration skills while exploring media development.
HOW IT LOOKS:
Students in kindergarten through grade seven are attending arts workshops on Thursday afternoons. These workshops are in a variety of disciplines including ceramics, pop art, drama, fabric art, music, multi-media art, digital arts, and more. The arts workshops have a common theme and are attended by students in a variety of grades. For example, in the first term of the school year our school theme is "Children of the World"
and primary students are learning about and experiencing art from different countries in the world. Intermediate students will be looking at arts from different countries or at sending messages through art about different issues that affect children world-wide. During the second term of the school year, our school theme is "Leaders and Leadership."
Through a second set of art workshops developed by our talented staff students are learning more about leaders in art. Primary students are looking at the art of notable children's illustrators such as,Pheobe Gilman
and Walter Wick
. Intermediate students will learn about the lives, significant impacts, and art of artists such as, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Lichtenstein.
Students have been keen to attend their art workshops and the results are fantastic! Please see the onlinePhoto Gallery or join us at the Gallery Gala (dates TBA). To learn more about leaders in art please see our Art Links
Montroyal Elementary5310 Sonora Drive
North Vancouver, B.C.