Unit on Arts is definitely a fun combination of thinking and working. Whether one is into arts or not, it’s something everybody can enjoy. There’s so much perspective, interpretation, talent and skills into it. It seems simple, but it’s not; it seems difficult, but it’s rewarding. It’s amazing how inquiry can help us dig deeper about life through arts (see video for students’ insights).
I love Arts unit because students get to work and develop two things that the world need today: creativity and imagination. I think nothing can be more powerful than a mind that has the power to imagine and a heart determined to create. I love seeing my students work with different materials and express themselves in different ways- ways that reflect who they are.
Art can teach us so many things about history, places, cultures and life in general. It teaches us to look closely at things, observe and interpret so well that you give people the privilege to see life through your eyes. Learning arts across different time periods and cultures is a great historical experience for us. Through the years, we can see how we have used art, not only as a means of expression, but as an evidence of human evolution. Through arts, we can see how our thinking, ideas and perspectives develop, together with the changes in the society. Students’ investigation on art forms and history revealed the differences people have but also commonalities, like shared emotions, beliefs, values aspirations, issues and desire. Art helps us understand each other and what it means to be human.
Here’s a short clip of our Arts journey.