Approaches to fine arts education

The different approaches taken to teaching fine arts at Canadian private schools

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Receptive

Receptive arts programs emphasize art history (visual, music, theatre, etc) and appreciation over creating or “making” art. Students learn about various artistic works and movements, and are asked to reflect on their underlying aesthetic features and principles. The goal is to give students a core body of knowledge related to the arts, while developing their cognitive, emotional, and aesthetic sensibilities. Studio-work is still a component of most reflective programs, but it plays less of a role than in creative programs.



Creative

Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


Equal Balance

These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


Expressive

"Creativity is inherently subjective. Our goal is to create an open and non-judgemental environment for students to experiment, innovate, and find the artist within"


Disciplined

"Our goal is to develop core studio skills in students with direct instruction. We want our students to develop a sense for true aesthetic excellence and beauty"

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