Importance Of Art In The Contemporary Curriculum
Educators realise that by placing art at the centre of the curriculum, the learning environment is transformed from classrooms to stages and galleries, in fact into stories.
~by Dr. Ragini
Approaching content like an artist makes the teacher think about how he/she would bring the idea alive with an ensemble. To learn the imposed content is a non-engaging aspect of the learning process, but fusing content with art compels students to research it, know it, and reinterpret and communicate it. It is imminent that educators realise that by placing art at the centre of the curriculum, the learning environment is transformed from classrooms to stages and galleries, in fact into stories.
While curating the curriculum, educators should refrain from generalisation. A teacher should focus on the students’ source of inspiration. Instead of asking students to create specific art forms, teachers should motivate them to make their own art through the curriculum by researching the existing material and then recreate it. It will produce innovative and optimal results.
Art class should be considered as a project where students get a chance to explore their creativity as an independent artist. A teacher can also use group activity to instigate creativity in students. The group activity motivates students to visualise and compile their thoughts collectively to complete the project. Such innovative techniques keep students engaged throughout the learning process and the content becomes comprehensive for them.
A teacher should instigate the need for research among students and should readily help students during research. This creative process propagates enquiry based learning. A well-designed curriculum heavily emphasises on the research-based aspect of learning. It should point students toward what they need to know.
Art brings emotional and creative elements to core content. For example, a Biology teacher in my school teaches difficult Biological terms with the help of drawing an artistic depiction of phenomena in co-relation with the scientists. Drawing beats reading and writing help students remember concepts.
Keeping art at centre of the curriculum allows content to be nurtured lifelong in the mind of a learner fulfilling the purpose of education.
Dr. Ragini is Ph.D in Fine Arts (Applied Arts). She has 16 years of rich experience in teaching Fine Arts (PGT, Sunbeam School, Lahartara, Varanasi). She has been instrumental in opening Fine Arts in standard XI and XII in Lahartara Branch. She has also won numerous accolades like 2019 Best Teacher of the Year, RACE 2019 Bangkok Award, International Award Conference; 2019 Best Educator, International Award Conference on Research, Analyze Communicate and Evaluate; 2019 Gem of India Award by CED Foundation, New Delhi among others.