Expressive Arts

What can learning in the expressive arts achieve for children and young people?

The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills.

By engaging in experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people will recognise and represent feelings and emotions, both their own and those of others.

The expressive arts play a central role in shaping our sense of our personal, social and cultural identity.

Learning in the expressive arts also plays an important role in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.

Children will learn to create and present confidently across areas such as Art & Design, Drama, Music and Dance. (Curriculum for Excellence: Expressive Arts Principles and Practice)

Some examples of cross-curricular learning in Expressive Arts are:

• learning Scottish dancing
• developing weaving techniques
• using different materials for printing e.g. fruit
• performing with musical instruments
• singing songs in different languages
• painting using spray bottles

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