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The Arts

The Arts encompass those artistic pursuits that express and communicate - through dance, drama, media, music and visual art - what it is to be human.  Through these five distinct art forms, we develop, share and pass on understandings of ourselves, our histories, our cultures and our worlds to future generations.  The Arts provide students with the knowledge, skills and understandings to express ideas, observations, experiences, values and beliefs.  Students use their creativity, imagination and senses as they develop, extend and enhance their understanding of arts practice through active inquiry, engagement and reflection, both individually and collaboratively.
Learning in The Arts involves aesthetic and sensory learning, cognitive, physical and social learning.
Aesthetic and sensory learning
Engagement in arts experiences requires students to interact with the sensory aspects of their world. The senses are engaged cognitively, physically and affectively, enabling students to develop an understanding of the aesthetics of their own culture and that of others.
Cognitive learning
Cognitive learning in the arts develops complex thinking skills, some of which are used in all dimensions of learning and some of which are specific to an arts discipline. This enables students to develop their intuitive, creative and imaginative abilities and their problem-solving and research skills.
Physical learning
The physical dimensions of the arts areas develop muscle memory, fine and gross motor skills, coordination and spatial awareness through experiences such as playing, singing, dancing, moving, performing and using equipment. A significant aspect of learning includes participating in practical activities where, within their range of abilities, students acquire physical skills and techniques relevant to an arts discipline.
Social learning
The arts can bind communities through celebrations, rites and rituals. As students participate in arts practices, they develop an understanding of the dynamics or particular cultural, social, historical and economic contexts and shared social meanings that are produced and valued by groups. Students develop interactive skills, social confidence, an understanding of group dynamics and the ability to negotiate within groups as they work towards a shared goal.