SCIENCE BACKS THE POSITIVE PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL GAINS THAT COME FROM MAKING ART. WHETHER YOU’RE A CHILD OR AN ADULT, WHETHER YOU CAN DRAW OR NOT, YOU CAN ENJOY MAKING ART AND REAP THE BENEFITS ON MULTIPLE LEVELS:
1Making art encourages mindfulness and contributes to well-being. Just 45 mins of making art can reduce cortisol (stress hormone) thus reducing stress/anxiety.
2Drawing teaches you to look at objects more carefully and notice details which can lead to all sorts of discoveries. This is linked to creativity which is in turn linked to IQ.
3Art allows us to communicate and express things that are difficult to express any other way.
4 Making art develops fine motor skills. It also demands both scientific and mathematical understanding which is utilised in a practical way and develops problem solving skills.
5Making art celebrates personal experience and individuality. Taking pride in your own creations develops self-esteem and thus confidence. Self-esteem is an important factor in building resilience.
6Art appreciation helps to develop empathy and respect, including for other cultures. Long-term this helps to build strong communities with active citizens.
and experience the positive impact making time for the arts can have on all aspects of life.
How will you make time for art?
ARTS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
OUR VISION AND AIMS
To be instrumental in driving increased participation in arts activities to foster happy, balanced, creative thinkers who actively contribute to cohesive, caring communities.
To achieve recognition that due value should be placed on arts subjects as being essential for the spiritual development of children and young people.
To harness the power of the arts to develop cognitive and creative problem solving skills.
To engineer opportunities for everyone, regardless of background, socio-economic status and inclination, to participate in high quality arts and cultural activities. This is to enable everyone to reap the multiple benefits that making art can have on quality of life.
To increase understanding of the positive benefits on physical, emotional and mental well-being for individuals and that arts participants are more likely to volunteer and be influential in the community thus providing long-term benefits for society.
To advocate for an arts rich curriculum in schools.
To give those who have not had the opportunities as children or young people, a second chance to participate in high quality arts and cultural activities.
Make the most of our qualifications and experience
We have first hand experience of the potential of arts education to improve lives. We have witnessed this time and time again over 25 years in the education sector. Our aim is to broaden the reach of arts education to all sectors of the community in order to harness the power of the arts to make positive improvements in outlook.
Kamaljit Suman BA (Hons), PGCE,
My particular approach of mixing new technology with traditional drawing skills brought vitality to a small graphics/IT department that lead to various appointments from lecturer to curriculum manager to senior lecturer and a tenfold expansion of the department. My teaching background coupled with my experience as a Quality Assurance Manager with particular responsibility for equality and diversity, have been key to developing our aim of using arts rich learning to support individuals to overcome barriers.
Mukesh Kumar BA (Hons), PGCE,
PG Dip in Education Management,
Common Purpose Graduate
Director of Award winning Creative and Performing Arts Department (TES FE Award for Outstanding Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2011), instrumental in establishing a culture of innovation, rapid improvements and outstanding results. Highly commended by Ofsted, leading to senior roles escalating to Vice Principal of a large inner city college. With a background in teaching, I am passionate about using the arts to combat disengagement, increase enjoyment of learning, and to improve life chances.