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“Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

(Joseph M. Calahan, Director, Xerox Corp.)

Research has proven that exposing children to the various arts disciplines from an early age enhances their creativity, critical thinking skills, motor skills development and self-esteem. At Capriccio! Arts Powered Pre-school in Milnerton, Cape Town, we are passionate about the power of art education in all its forms, and all the arts forms – music, dance, drama and visual art – have their rightful place in our curriculum.

  • We believe in art as a powerful means of learning, a premise we like to describe as arts powered learning. The various forms of art have an infinite capacity to affect brain and body and act as a unifying force, a vehicle by which important cognitive, physical, emotional and social skills can be developed and integrated in young children.
  • We believe that children possess an innate property for appreciation and enjoyment of the arts – a deep desire to express themselves through art, which need to be fulfilled in order for them to progress, self-actualize and foster healthy self-esteem.
  • We believe that arts education is essential and profound to developing well-balanced and healthy communities.

What are the benefits of arts powered learning?

  1. It supports learning across the curriculum, e.g.
    • Acting out a favourite story, describing a painting or performing a puppet show can support language skills (reading and writing)
    • Noticing musical patterns and rhythms can support learning in maths
    • Observing and describing are important skills required for both science and art
  2. Art can expose children to different cultures
  3. Art can bridge differences between people and cultures, as it is a universal language
  4. Participation in the arts builds positive self-esteem
  5. Group work in the arts may contribute to the development of healthy social skills.

HOW DOES MY CHILD BENEFIT FROM ARTS POWERED LEARNING?

(adapted from My Child, the Arts and Learning, http://www.cae-nyc.org)

Benefits are reaped via all three elements of the artistic process – creating, performing and responding.

My child discovers:

  • there is often not only one right answer
  • multiple points of view
  • school is fun – we play to learn

My child practices:

  • critical-thinking skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • dance, music, drama and art-making skills
  • the special language and vocabulary of the arts

My child learns:

  • to express feelings (with and without words)
  • to observe and describe, analyse and interpret
  • to think creatively (with an open mind)
  • to collaborate with others (other children and adults)

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”

(Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft)