The Art Room
Trudeau Elementary School is
fortunate to have a designated art room that is sponsored by the Vancouver
Board of Education as part of our Artist-in-Residence Studio Program (AIRS).
Since 2016 our school has benefitted from enriched arts experiences delivered
by experienced artist-educators through funding from the AIRS Program.
Each year our guest artist works with teachers and students to create
relevant arts activities that address the Core Competencies and curricular
content. The artists bring to our school a wealth of professional
expertise and a profound understanding of the importance of visual literacy in
an increasingly digital world.
The art studio is used by the
artist-in-residence once a week for specially tailored workshops, and the
remaining days of the week, the art room is accessed by teachers and students
for a range of arts integrated activities. The room also affords our teachers
and other staff to benefit from professional development
opportunities and a deeper understanding of strategies for arts
The visual arts support
exploration, experimentation and our capacity to visualize. Our ability to
visualize is crucial to our ability to remember and recall information. Gesture
drawing, for example, stimulates processes that help students identify and
understand facial expressions, body language and emotions. This in
turn facilitates social and emotional growth and well-being. Drawing
things from the natural environment helps students to recognize in a deeper,
more thoughtful way the uniqueness, diversity and beauty of our world.
When children make and exhibit creative works as part of a community, they
benefit from a deeper sense of purpose and belonging in
community. There is solid research that shows the benefit of visual arts
activities for facilitating our ability to focus and attend to details;
for building our capacity for perspective taking and creative problem
solving; for fostering more deeply embodied understandings of the
world we live in; and for profoundly enriching our capacity to
communicate that understanding to others.
For more information on the
significance of art to eduction please feel free to access the following links:
Artist in Residence Studio
Sir Ken Robinson "Changing Education Paradigms"