A Student’s Introduction to Expressive Arts
Students participate in a customized expressive arts workshop, where art instruction is developed and planned in consideration of stages of growth and development. Primary, junior, intermediate and senior level students enjoy exploring and creating using expressive arts in a safe and supportive environment to challenge their intellectual, physical and psychosocial development.
“Education in the arts is essential to students’ intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth and well-being. Experiences in the arts – in dance, drama, music, and visual arts—play a valuable role in helping students to achieve their potential as learners and to participate fully in their community and in society as a whole. The arts provide a natural vehicle through which students can explore and express themselves and through which they can discover and interpret the world around them.
”Ontario Ministry of Education (2009). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1–8: The Arts. Toronto, ON
Teachers Integrating Expressive Arts Across the Curriculum
This workshop offers Professional Development for elementary and secondary school teachers to integrate art throughout the curriculum. School boards are recognizing that art fosters creativity, which can be demonstrated in many areas of study, not just the arts. The workshop provides expressive art strategies to promote student motivation, inspiration and self-esteem. Providing teachers with hands-on expressive arts modalities will assist them to develop skills and confidence to share unique art opportunities enhancing the curriculum and student engagement.
Expressive Arts in Special Education
This workshop benefits students who may have delays with cognitive development and verbal skills by offering an opportunity to express themselves through a safe, enjoyable outlet. It can also augment physical abilities through the use of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination and enhances the development of interpersonal skills, self-regulation and self-esteem. The workshop offers a stress-free environment where students have fun creating at their own pace while focusing on their strengths.
Feel Good to the Beat: Drumming and Percussion Workshop
This is a popular workshop for everyone. Participants are introduced to a variety of percussion instruments in a fun and dynamic group process. It focuses on creativity, teamwork and movement. Smiling participants are a common denominator as rhythms are created.
Expressive Arts Intergenerational Workshop
Joy is created when youth and seniors collaborate and Expressive Arts can make that happen! The interaction is mutually beneficial. The reciprocal partnership fosters companionship, respect, kindness, wisdom, volunteerism and a sense of community. Expressive Arts is the tool that offers an enjoyable, stress- free opportunity to connect.