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The Benefits of our ASA Programme – Visual Art

This week we continue our series of articles related to the benefits of the different elements of our ASA programme. Last week we focused on drama and this week we turn our attention to the benefits of involvement in Visual Art ASAs.

Our series of articles focusing on the benefits of different areas of the curriculum will continue throughout this term and you may wonder how your child will fit all of these learning activities into their school week. Obviously, we encourage students to select a balanced range of activities, perhaps trying different things throughout the course of their time at BSM. We hope that students will develop a balanced range of skills, but will also be able to find the activities that they are particularly passionate about, developing a life-long interest in one or more areas.

Visual Art is an extremely broad field, including photography, video, animation, drawing, painting, print-making, 3-D design and printing, working with a range of materials such as wood or textiles, sculpture and ceramics. As we move into our new Visual and Performing Arts building, the range of activities available to your children will be expanding further. In particular, the installation of a new kiln will allow us to offer ceramics as an ASA. Some of the benefits of Visual Art ASAs include:

  • Empathy – through studying artists and art work, students can learn to relate to different situations, backgrounds, cultures and perspectives. Through the creative process students learn about tolerance and compassion, helping them to grow and develop as global citizens.
  • Creativity – by being involved in the creative process, including making creative choices, students develop this important skill, which can be transferred to other areas of their learning, helping them to ‘think outside of the box’, view problems from new perspectives and develop innovative solutions to complex issues.
  • Visual Art helps students’ develop their fine motor skills, whether manipulating digital material, using pencils and brushes, or moulding, shaping and sculpting materials.
  • Creating Visual Art work can involve intense concentration and perseverance over a long period of time. This ability to focus on a single activity for an extended period is an important skill that can be transferred to other areas of their learning.
  • Well-being – Research shows that students learn most effectively when they enjoy their learning. Being involved in activities that provide opportunities for fun and enjoyment help reduce stress levels and support academic achievement across all subject areas. Participating in Visual Art activities can help reduce mental exhaustion and increase feelings of happiness.
  • Critical Thinking – Research indicates that visiting art museums / galleries and learning about different artists can help to improve critical thinking skills.
  • Emotional outlet – Visual Art can help students to explore issues and emotions that they may be experiencing, in a safe and controlled environment. This can be a vital support to students’ mental health and well-being. Visual Art therapy is often used to help reduce stress and to help patients improve their levels of happiness, self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Academic achievement – there is a strong correlation between students who regularly participate in Visual and Performing Art activities and academic success.

If you would like to find out more about Visual Arts at BSM, then please contact our Head of Senior School Art, Adele Turner aturner@britishschoolmanila.org, who will be happy to discuss the range of clubs and activities open to Senior Students with you, along with the curriculum based activities taking place in Visual Art across the different year groups. We also have some exciting new activities opening up to students during Term 2.

Next week is Week A.

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