Lafuente, Gracia
B.517 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 10:30 - 11:00, Room B1
Art Education and Children’s Development
The DAP (Didactica del Arte y del Patrimonio, -Art and Education-) programme is a journey through art that aims to provide children with the necessary tools to learn how to look, observe, think and debate in order to grow and develop socially, emotionally and intellectually. In the course of nine discussion-based sessions, XXX pupils of 8, 9 and 10 years of age from state schools in Madrid have explored, analysed, built meaning and exchanged their interpretations about works of art from the simple to the sophisticated, from the ancient to the most contemporary. The demographics of the schools involved a wide range of children coming from several Latin American, North African and Eastern European countries, in addition to the usual intake of local children of Spanish origin. In a world in which immigration, different academic standards and school failure have created challenges for urban schools and society in general, programmes that target multiple intelligence and new ways of thinking out of the box have become extremely helpful as an educational resource. More than ever, teachers are struggling to maintain academic standards in an extremely diversified and multicultural classroom without specific knowledge or relevant training. Our school professionals demand innovative educational material that provides new ways of narrowing the gap between this lack of multicultural background and their increasingly diverse body of pupils. The development of new methodology for learning through art, and not merely about art, has provided one answer to this demand. When art is analysed and described as mere visual material, children are able to build meaning while answering questions such as “What do you see in this picture?” and “What makes you say that?” These simple questions open a door for exploring art in a non-intimidating way without the fear of being wrong. Thinking and dialoguing through art becomes a way to access knowledge and to acquire life-long skills that will be extrapolated to different disciplines in the learning process.
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