Art Integrated Learning (AIL) or Art Integration is a framework of experiential learning which provides an equitable learning environment for all learners through their own access points. Prior to its implementation as a pedagogical tool, pan India its joyful as well as meaningful outcome was put through its paces at its core. AIL was envisaged as pedagogy applied with the soul aim to provide opportunities to 21st century learners to all levels of school education while targeted areas such as cognitive, socio-emotional and psychomotor domains of the learner. At multiple levels of the teaching-learning process, Art integrated learning has opened spaces for the existence of a learning that is both inter-disciplinary and holistic in nature.
It’s an open secret that the foundation of this thought-provoking idea was laid by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, who pioneered this idea. Later, one of his well-known student Devi Prasad wrote a book titled as ‘Art the Basis of Education’ and through this book he gave voice to the words of Tagore. This opened the doors for the recommendations of the National Curriculum Framework (2005), which clearly stated- Art Education at all stages, enables students to fully appreciate and experience the beauty of the universe and helps in their healthy mental development.
Art -A Pathway to Learning Holistically
Maths & Art gave way to Life Long learning :
To corroborate its significant outcome, topics such as Tringles of Mathematics learnt through Warli Art and values like goodness was instilled as students wrote slogans on this Warli-Art decorated sheet. So, in one go Mathematical concept, Art and values for life were learnt by learners. They expressed their feelings while comprehending the attained knowledge about the concepts taught in the four walls of the classroom. By assimilating mind and heart their hesitation for the difficult topics can easily be removed.
Adding strokes of creativity SS also explored arena of ‘Art Integration Activity’ in English i.e. ‘Paint Sticks Clown Puppets’. Students made beautiful Puppets. Students’ imagination was expanded this way.
Language acquisition through notes of MUSIC:
Authors, poets and musicians use their expertise to appreciate nature time and again. So, language acquisition was achieved through art integration– an amalgamation of songs linked with the topic. German teachers use musical videos to teach spellings and articles. Sanskrit and Hindi add music to shlokas and dohas. English teachers added gist of English songs to instil theme of the poem / lessons for better understanding. This way secondary schools (SS) are not burdened rather get a chance to explore new arenas of experiential learning.
Science and Social Science added strokes of Art and Music:
The aim of this merging was not merely to see the creative aspect but also to trigger the thought process of the children and sensitize them. It also increases the observational skills, response to thoughts, awareness and concern of the children towards global issues. This disseminates Scientific information (Science -Micro-organism along with Mathematics –Introduction to graph) and positive thinking among the students. Students were guided to design Poster and be a part of an interdisciplinary competition during the Maths Fiesta held at inter-school level.
Story-telling/ dramatization in Social Science helps students to nurture their oratory skills and this ‘divide and rule’ policy unknowingly they apply in dividing the content to rule the stage. Here, each child gets a chance to showcase their hidden quality while learning new concepts of curriculum.
The foremost aim of such activities, is to expand the horizon of learning for students, with each activity brick by brick their foundation for a better tomorrow is laid firmly. It also allows children to use and develop many important skills, including problem-solving, design, vocabulary development, abstract thinking, team-work, time-management, critical thinking, creativity enhancement and empathy; these are a few terms out of the never-ending list of its benefits. Art is essential in schools as a way of addressing the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children.
‘Creativity possess the Power to connect the seemingly Unconnected.’