Why Art Integrated learning?
In Art Integrated Learning (AIL), the in-thing in the modern pedagogical premise, art is a vehicle, not a subject. In AIL, teaching and learning become a more creative and interactive experience, thereby building a lively bond between the teachers and students. The learning process becomes more equitable when art is integrated with other subjects. Such integration helps students to learn the subject through their own access point. This makes the classroom an open space, a fertile ground for resourceful learning which would remain etched in their mind. In AIL, which is based on learning ‘through the arts’ and ‘with the arts’, the level of understanding touches a new height irrespective of the subject they learn. It helps the students to understand the concept rather than learning by rote. As part of this pedagogical approach that enables students to build connections between various concepts, they get a clear understanding of what they are being taught and what they are learning. AIL gives importance to visuals and other aspects of senses that can easily communicate with children. We have developed inquiry-based learning modules, encouraging and enabling students to investigate, attributing meaning, and articulating experience. Employing art as a social project, taking it beyond aesthetics, enables young minds to use it as a tool that has a social connotation, creating an atmosphere for a different level of conscious learning management. Art for social, regional, economic, political and environmental purposes reflects an instrumental approach. The institutional value of art relates to techniques, structures and processes that arts, art projects and organizations create to build up shared values.
- Taking the level of understanding to new heights
- Developing inquiry-based learning
- Using art as a social project
- Using art as a collaborative social practice to make it a shared exchange