I have recently come across a number of articles about science and art. I read an interesting article on scientists trying to quantify and explain our personal taste in art, and came across another article showcasing filmmaker Alice Dunseath’s petri-dish Beta and Theta wave artworks. There is always some great news story out there about science used to explain art, or the marrying of the two. As subjects they are very different but they are also very similar. Much like maths and art. And come to think of it, engineering. And also technology. When you really come down to it, art straddles many, if not all, subjects, and all learning is interwoven. Young children learn so much from creative play, they develop fine motor skills, empathy and social skills, and it is also a form of sensory exploration. Older students and children can embrace broader subjects and understanding through their creativity.
So it was not surprising when I came across an article about the art based learning of STEM, or STEAM. [STEM programs are Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The article appeared in the Huffington Post on 7 December 2015, and it is titled Arts Based Learning of STEM Works Says NSF Funded Research Firm.
It discusses, with huge statistical evidence, the benefits of learning through creativity. It’s an interesting read, and it almost seems obvious that creative thinking, as a model of holistic learning and through incorporating all learning under the umbrella of education as opposed to individual subjects, is the way forward. The Finnish are doing it already… When I studied special education and areas of art therapy many years ago at University, this was an intrinsic aspect of the learning experience. It is also an aspect of Montessori and Steiner education, student led creative learning experiences. I may be thinking very broad here to be linking STEAM with Steiner, but
Since writing this post I have come across more articles in the area of creative learning and STEM.
- Texas, USA, Fine arts education helps develop well-rounded students, by the Advocate Editorial Board, published in the Victorian Advocate.
- Ireland, The new Steam age: the role of the arts in Ireland’s future, by Laurence Makin, published in the Irish Times, 14 December 2015.
STEM vs STEAM, but with the culmination that Irish students need to learn more computer coding…
- Australia, Innovation and science agenda ‘disastrous’ for humanities and creative industries, published by SMH, 13 December 2015.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/innovation-and-science-agenda-disastrous-for-humanities-and-creative-industries-20151210-glkcjb.html#ixzz3uMFjqHsT
Pretty scary thought if this is the way forward…