Baltimore City Schools students, currently in grades K-5, have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend their summer learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all while having fun! As we continue to refine and improve the quality and relevance of every students learning experience, we believe learning and teaching excellence should be recognised and rewarded. Once thought of as enrichment,” the arts have become an integrated and integral part of the school day.
During her time at Conservatory Lab, she has developed highly successful expeditionary learning curriculum that integrates science, literacy, and the arts. Children cannot resist the interesting aspect on learning created by the Internet, which is why young children are becoming smarter at a younger age these days.
It has been noted that through experiencing the arts they are developing the capacity for sound judgment, attention to purpose and ability to follow through on tasks, and the ability to consider differing viewpoints and defer judgment. Self-directed inquiry establishes a personal perspective from which learning evolves.
While students in art classes learn techniques specific to art, such as how to draw, how to mix paint, or how to center a pot, they’re also taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in schools. We are able to stage this conference through the kind assistance from the University Colleges and Research Group (UC+R) which earlier this year granted their Innovations Award to our project.
Cynthia Weiss is the associate director of School Partnerships/Project AIM at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. Beyond visual literacy competencies: Teaching and learning art with technology in the global age. Upstream Arts uses the power of the creative arts to activate and amplify the voice and choice of individuals with disabilities.