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February 2018

Art Education Child Development

 

 

 

The Importance of Art Education in Child Development

How do your learners develop essential cognitive and motor skills? Is the child benefiting from art in school?

Does the national curriculum, exams, SATs, and OFSTED deliver this? What’s your view?

Mothers, parents, and artists use art for skill development. These activities are precarious in some schools.

Art education and child development promote a range of life-skills.

DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS

  • Fine and motor skills
  • Language development
  • Decision making
  • Visual learning
  • Inventiveness and
  • Cultural awareness

The benefits of arts-rich activities lead to enhance literacy and mathematical capabilities. These lead to improved academic performance.

Exploratory play, art, and creativity engage the learner's high order thinking abilities.

HIGH ORDER THINKING SKILLS

  • Analysing
  • Comparing
  • Organising
  • Deconstructing
  • Interrogating

Art in education helps by nurturing the human experience through emotional literacy.

Successful learning takes account of the learners preferred learning style.

 

 

LEARNING STYLES

  1. Visual – Learns best with pictures and images.
  1. Physical – Using kinaesthetic learning using movement and touch.
  1. Aural – Using sound and music as the preferred way to learn.
  1. Verbal – Learns most by using words in speech and writing.
  1. Social – In groups or through interpersonal exchanges with other people.
  1. Logical – Using reasoning and logic in mathematical concepts.
  1. Visual Arts – By developing spatial awareness, dexterity, color, shapes, symmetry, and perspective.

These have implications for successful teaching. Special school staff customize the curriculum to the needs of their pupils. Mainstream schools find this approach difficult to put in place.

 

Michelle Ayavoro |Director of HerArt CIC | http://www.herart.co.uk/ & Sally Burston

 

Art pedagogy raises academic achievement, encourages reflection, independence, and collaboration with others. It has direct connections in developing high order thinking.

Art and the expressive arts suffer in our centralized bureaucratic state education system.

Evidence shows that art delivers many pathways to successful learning. Children develop essential cognitive, motor skills, and core developmental processes.

 

Art Education | HerArt | Delamere School from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

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Illegal Immigrants Running Hiding

 

Running Hiding Fearing from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

 

How does it feel to be fleeing, running, hiding, scared for your life?

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

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Resilience Emotional Well-Being Videos

Dedicated to a 15th February birthday.

 


Asta's Bird Shadows

A series of learning resource videos to support school assemblies, social studies lesson plans, and awareness of resilience.

Based upon a fictional ninth century narrative based in the north of England, the plot can easily be referenced to events and news stories happening in the present.

As in James Joyce's Ulysses or quantum theory physics, viewers may pursue numerous paths in gaining insights through critical thinking. The content puts  demands on the audience.

These videos are part of an ongoing series. They comprise of teaser and trailer videos for Asta's journey and longer features outlining the story.

Full access to all the resilience, emotional well-being videos are available on Vimeo via VOD and OTT.

 

The Story

“Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was ………..”

 

MAP SETTING THE SCENE FOR ABOVE

Located in the Morecambe Bay and its physical geographical features. The scope includes the IOM, Walney Island, Peil Island, the Lune and Wyre, Bowland Fells and Ingleboro.

 

MAIN CHARACTER & HEROIN

Asta (Ash -ta) is a diminutive of Astrid. Astrid originates in Old Norse languages and means "divine beauty".

SAVIOUR OF ASTA & HER FAMILY

Gyda is a Danish variant of Gytha. Gytha originates on Old Norse and means "God is gorgeous".

HEROIC SCHOOL FRIEND WHO LEADS EVERYONE TO SAFETY

Leif. Descendant of Leif Erickson

KEY SUPPORTING CHARACTER WHO IS THE GREAT THINKER THAT BRINGS PEACE

Magnus. Great.

 

PLOT/ARC/DEVELOPMENT/EMOTIONAL HOOK

Nordic hamlet raided by Celts from the Cumbrian Mountains

Above escape

Tell their story(ies)

Include key ethical/moral/learning points:

    • Telling a personal voyage of discovery
    • Overcoming challenges
    • Having a powerful epiphany
    • Redemption and learning point(s).

 Asta's Bird Shadows

Shivering, shaking, blinking, I suddenly woke from deep sleep to a nightmare. Hearing terrifying cries, filling the nights’s darkness with violent echoing chaos, I put my head under a pillow.

Arrows took the last breath away from the night watch and silenced the guards.

The silent northern blue tattoed raiding Celts, skilfully scaling the hamlet’s wooded defences and breeching the battlement, were now howling for blood. Swinging, flashing silver blades, struck the heart of my community.

Now howling and screaming, the violators charged, kicking in doors, entering, and ending the lives of families stumbling from their last slumbering movements. Oozing blood flowing from the living signaled the ending their conscious existence. Final screams and gurgling from surpised gaping mouths signalled their ending. They had no chance.

The burning hamlet on Priory Hill sent flaming fingers upwards. Relecting clouds lit up an image of bedlam and hell.

Grabbing my hands, with the tattoed raiders storming up the stairs, Leif and Magnus, were lowering me out of the window, as the old world was ending. Capturing Gyda and dragging her away, the torched the wooden house and cremating the inturned bodies.

These are worst scene from the nightmares haunting my early life. May you never experience the misasma from hells infernos of the burning stench of human flesh panicking, baying animals escaping flaming barns.

Stumbling along a hidden forest path with night birds guiding and flanking our paths to safety, a parliament of tawney owls were scouting the escape route. Bats sonic screeching helped by spotting hazards and fallen trees. A chorus of hooting was guiding the fleeing refugees. Silent, sure footed roe deer guarding the flanks, helped by propping us up, stopping us falling.

 

Away to the North West, on Priory Hill, evil skies were reflecting angry red and yellow flames started by the evil night raiders.

At the ending of the escapade from the raiders, the trooping deer, who had been skilfully, and very, very quietly escorting my frail party, led us into a secret hunting lodge hidden high in the foothills of the fabled Table Top Mountains.

The refuge was guarded by dense thickets, fast flowing rivers and small lakes. Only the best and fittest survived here. Eagles and birds of pray, carrying out high level reconnaissance from the skies, were searching, scanning, and circling the hidden refuge for signs approach from the marauding kidnappers.

For two days, laying low, we spent sleeping, talking, planning, and discussing escaping from our catastrophic nightmare. Staying locked in the warmth security of our safe house would have been the easy option. The will and the desire to save Gyda and try to do something positive was the winning option.

Again with the roe deer silently guiding us through the thickets we found a small coracle tied to the moss covered bank of the fast flowing river bank. With salmon and otters escorting us, the leather craft was soon quickly bobbing down the winding river. Birds, wrens, robins and crows were keeping a sharp look out. Ferrying past rocky rapids, valley troughs, deep pools with swirling whirlpools, we escaped to the sandy estuary where the river entered the bay. Here the deer and bird friends handed over the watching brief to gannets, petrels and black backed gulls. Darting, dancing, glinting dolphins began towing the tiny craft over the blue seas to the magical castle on the island in the west where the sun sets.

As the moon was waxing, the dolphins were safely guiding us into a sheltered cove hidden from prying eyes and the evil raiders.

Scheming how to rescue Gyda in the magical island castle, Magnus, the wise, began slowly evolving his cunning plan with the horned, helmeted Norsemen. Leif used his heroic fathers links to build up new friendships with the clans, families and alliances that had evolved from his families proud heritage exploring distant lands across the ocean toward the setting sun.

 

Constantly, the petrels and swallows, were bringing news of sightings and developments on the movements of the the northern raiders. A drugged and tied up Gyda was being taken north into the Purple Mountains and the home of the Celt marauders.

Circling high over the hill route to the northern, purple mountains, buzzards following the raiders, were constantly informing on the raiders movement. Magnus, thinking, working hard, and mapping out the information, was developing a courageous plan to save Gyda. In the briefing for the raid to save Gyda, Magnus was delegating duties and tasks. Whales and dolphins for aiding the rescue party across the blues seas and into the sandy estuary. Flights of birds were the eyes and ears with deer and hares leading the heroic rescuers to the brigands camp.

Tawney owls coordinating the rescue, hooting as dawn was breaking, were secretly scouting the approach route to the brigands den. Asta, Magnus and Lief riding on the backs of the deer, knowing the otters were breaching the stockade, prepared their stun granades and laser swords. Creeping through the silent, sleeping enemy den with snoring Celts, quietly waking a trembling Gyda, Leif treading silently led the brave raiders to the safety of the surrounding forest.

The animal friends, escorting the rescuers, gave no clues away to the drunken Celts. At the estuary, a school of whales, towing the long boat, ploughing the gentle waves, sped the rescuers to safety.

Gyda, crying, laughing, speaking, was telling the party of her ordeal when the golden eagle landing on the balcony, told how the Celts, fighting a loosing battle with the forest animals, were being driven out of their mountain dens.

Celebrating the victory, Asta, proclaiming peace, made a declaration of independence for the animals and the people the magical land of the Winding River.

 

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

Education Video Portal | Learning Resources Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | School Assembly Videos | Environmental Videos


VR 360 curriculum videos

 

Virtual reality 360 learning resources to support curriculum lesson plans and school assemblies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

Education Video Portal | Learning Resources Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | School Assembly Videos | Environmental Videos


Dirty Glaciers - A Ground Level Video

 

South Island, New Zealand

 

Glaciers and The Anthropocene from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

Glaciers and The Anthropocene from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

Filming glaciers on a cold, windy spring day near Mount Cook, illustrated the powerful impact of nature’s attrition. South Island, NZ, and its rugged environment is the outcome of these awesome physical forces.

The story also relates to global warming and the shrinking of the earth’s heritage of ice and snow.

Over time, research indicates climate changes and significant variations. Glaciers are the product of climate. Right now in the age of the Anthropocene, snow, ice and glaciers are in retreat.

The video shows glacial areas that could not be filmed fifty years ago. Near the peaks, snow still accumulates to produce panoramic white expanses. However, lower down on the glacier, the melting water shows the outcome of the temperature rising.

Eddy Jackson
Learning Bibliothèque | Online School
www.communicationuk.com

Education Video Portal | Learning Resources Videos | Lesson Plan Videos | School Assembly Videos | Environmental Videos