Teaching Artistic Behaviors = Authentic Learning
Schepker-Mueller, K. Pasley, P
first published in
Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Magazine Winter, 2021-2022
A: Yes, as well as aiding their physical development. When they control a pencil or mold a ball of clay they have the ability to tell stories using their hands. They may not have much expressive language at younger stages of development so art acts as that voice. As their abilities to communicate grow, their critical thinking abilities stretch, they gain self-esteem, fine motor skills are developing, they are expressing themselves, all the while complex cognitive maturation is taking place. These skills, developed in the art studio, transfer into other content areas and life. Children need time and space to create, not recreate. Children need to be able to have time to make mistakes, be coached through mistakes, and have fun with materials. Children need to be able to have time to make mistakes, be coached through mistakes,
and have fun with materials and engage in creative discovery. Creative perseverance and stamina are built through the trial and error process and failure with a medium becomes a way to switch modalities. Through both studio and “play,” students build self-confidence and learning autonomy, and how to express how they are feeling. Ephemeral work, such as blocks or dramatic arts, allows them to make without fear.
Interviewer: Phyllis Pasley, executive director, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education - firstname.lastname@example.org