THE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS/PERFORMING ARTS (MUSIC) POLICY
The Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking and help them understand themselves and the world. In every society the Arts play a pivotal role socially, economically and culturally. The Arts encourage the development of skills and the exploration of technologies, forms and processes through single and multimodalforms. They explore ideas of human emotions and moods through holistic learning using cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic, kinesthetic and physical fields. Learning in the Arts is sequential and students should have continuous experience in the different arts disciplines they undertake at a particular level.
· To provide students with experiences to simulate their creativity, imagination and linguistic skills.
· To encourage a positive attitude towards self-expression and pride in their individuality.
· To focus on planning, interpreting, responding, performing, presenting ideas, skills, techniques, processes, context and aesthetics.
· To offer varied experiences through which children may develop an awareness of other cultures.
· To complement classroom topics and promote The Arts as a part of Modern Basics.
· To enjoy participating in the process of creating, presenting and responding to The Arts.
· The Arts program is organised into two domains (Visual Arts and Performing Arts) and two dimensions (Creating and Making, Exploring and Responding).
· The Arts program is organised in conjunction with the year level Modern Basics topics.
· Victorian Essential Learning Standards (V.E.L.S) will be used as a guide in developing units of work.
· The Arts program will be implemented by two specialist teachers. A Visual Arts teacher and a Performing Arts (Music) teacher.
· The Performing Arts (Music) program will be implemented with reference to Orff and Kodaly teaching methodology.
· The Performing Arts (Music) program will include opportunities for instrumental, vocal and movement experiences.
· All students will participate in weekly sessions of Visual Arts and Performing Arts (Music).
A variety of assessment strategies will be used:
· Anecdotal notes
· Informal observations
· Checklists of skills
· Rubrics’ and criteria
· Achievement of V.E.L.S standards
EVALUATION OF THE PROGRAM
A major review of The Arts program will occur every 3 years (2012) to ensure it is meeting the aims above. Minor reviews will be carried out annually.