Engagement in the arts nurtures creativity
In the expressive arts, learners can explore and create. They compose, devise, choreograph and make new work. Being able to understand their own responses and those of others can enrich their lives. Developing original responses through exploration and discovery fosters learners’ skills. They learn to select and prioritise ideas and materials. By taking measured risks in the creative process, learners become independent and confident decision makers and start to own their ideas and artistic work.
Artistic communication connects creator, creation and audience.
The arts are a universal language. They enable learners to communicate the culture and diversity of Wales and the wider world, expressing their ideas and feelings, and developing empathy and an awareness of self. Learners communicate both through and about the arts. Through dance, drama, digital media, visual arts and music learners explore, experience, create and express. As active recipients, they respond, and reflect. Subject specific knowledge supports learners to make links across different art forms and enhances their critical evaluation and encourages engagement. As learners develop their analytical and critical skills, they are able to appreciate the arts with increasing sophistication.
Expressive Arts reflect, time, place and culture.
Learners study the expressive arts through culture and society, locally, nationally and internationally. Engaging with art forms born out of key events, political movements and changes in society, including contemporary events, allows learners to explore and experience how the arts reflect humanity. Responding and reflecting to these learning opportunities enriches their lives through developing empathy, tolerance and appreciation of all cultures. The acquisition of creative skills and knowledge fosters the learners’ mental, physical and emotional resilience, developing learners’ social confidence. Experiencing, creating and expressing allows learners to become reflective individuals, with a mind-set to embrace challenge. Engagement with the expressive arts provides opportunities to connect with others, nurture relationships and develop mutual respect. Subject specific, theoretical and academic knowledge gives learners the tools for considering and evaluating the expressive arts.
Acquiring and refining artistic knowledge, skills and techniques enhances creative works
In the expressive arts, learners develop technical skills, so that they can participate and contribute meaningfully. These form the core of each subject: some skills and techniques cross disciplines while others are specific. They are developed and refined through experience. Transferable skills, such as problem solving, communicating, collaborating and evaluating, enable learners to participate successfully outside the classroom and in the workplace.