Arts Education

Arts Education: Drama

Arts Education: Drama provides children with ways to explore our cultural heritage and new dimensions of a changing world. Language plays a critical role in drama. The Drama Curriculum contributes to developing the child’s competence and confidence in English, Irish and other languages.

The Drama Curriculum includes just one strand. This strand is concerned with using drama to explore feelings, knowledge and ideas, leading to understanding. It includes three stand units. These are

  • Exploring and making drama
  • Reflecting on drama
  • Cooperating and communication in making drama.

Arts Education: Music arts

Arts Education: Music provides children with opportunities to engage with a wide range of musical styles and traditions, to become involved in moving, dancing, illustrating, story-telling and making drama. The Music Curriculum introduces children to music reading and writing, to song singing and to playing classroom instruments.

The Music Curriculum has three strands:

  • Listening and Responding
  • Performing
  • Composing.

The strands are interrelated and activity in one is dependent upon and supportive of understanding in another.

Arts Education: Visual arts

The Visual arts curriculum consists of six strands. Each strand represents a medium for developing the child’s expressive abilities. These strands are:

  • Drawing
  • Paint and colour
  • Print
  • Clay
  • Construction
  • Fabric and fibre.

Through these six strands, children explore the following seven visual elements when making, looking at, and responding to art: line, shape, form, colour and tone, pattern
and rhythm, texture and spatial organisation. The Visual arts curriculum emphasises
three starting points for the child’s art activities:

  • the child’s own experience
  • the child’s imagination
  • the child’s observations.

In the Visual arts curriculum, the child is encouraged to look at and respond to a wide variety of artworks. It is through talking about these artworks that the child develops sensitivity to the visual elements, and begins to use them purposefully in his/her own art-making. Of all the visual arts media, drawing has primary importance in the Visual arts curriculum, and it is through drawing that children’s development in art is most evident. In making art, the process of making is as valuable as the final product.

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