The Arts

Literacies in the Arts

Literacies in the arts involve the ability to communicate and interpret meaning in the arts disciplines. We develop literacies in the arts as we acquire skills, knowledge, attitudes, and understanding in the discipline and use its particular visual, auditory, and kinesthetic signs and symbols to convey and receive meaning.

Students develop literacy in the arts as they:
  • Explore and use its elements, conventions, processes, techniques, and technologies;
  • Draw on a variety of sources of motivation to develop ideas as they create or perform;
  • Present and respond to creations or performances, developing skills in conveying and interpreting meaning;
  • Investigate the discipline in relation to its social and cultural contexts.
In developing literacies, students explore the traditions, conventions, and practices of all forms of art in American culture as well as globally.

Technological advances have affected the ways in which forms of expression as art is researched, planned, created, rehearsed and performed.

Artists develop literacy in order to structure ideas and communicate meaning. This enables students to grow and to contribute to their schools, communities, and cultures.

As an example of this growth consider the art discipline of music. Students who study music surpass non-music students in assessments of writing, using information resources, reading and responding, and proofreading. The gains in achievement of music students compared to non-music students increase over time (Baker, 2011; Kurt, 2010; Fitzpatrick, 2006; Catterall, 1998).

It is the ongoing process of learning and participation that provides for further development.

The Message: Keep your students in all forms of art classes! It’s good for them!

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