By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
Appreciating and creating art fires the imagination, widens vision, and promotes creativity.
STEAM is the incorporation of Arts education into STEM learning. The relationship of Arts education to STEM subjects is not ambiguous in the least. Scientific progress and excellent design and engineering require insight, creativity, collaboration, communication and thinking out of the box. An appreciation of the Arts fuels creative thinking and innovation. Furthermore, technology needs to be developed with the human user always in mind.
“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well.” - Albert Einstein
The Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education (LCI) promotes imaginative learning through aesthetic education: for teachers, teacher educators, teaching artists, with multiple partnerships. Their home page is found at http://www.lcinstitute.org.
LCI’s approach to imaginative learning is grounded in a 35-year history. They have developed 10 Capacities for Imaginative Learning:
- Noticing Deeply
- Making Connections
- Identifying Patterns
- Exhibiting Empathy
- Living with Ambiquity
- Creating Meaning
- Taking Action
- Reflecting / Assessing
LCI has produced a superb document “Entering the World of the Work of Art“ that you can access at: http://www.lcinstitute.org/about-lci/imaginative-learning. It’s a guide to LCI’s instructional approach and a wonderful introduction to the methodology of imaginative learning.
“Imaginative thinking is best understood as the cognitive ability to visualize new possibilities. It allows students to develop the capacity to make connections, notice deeply, take action, and reflect, as they inquire and absorb information in any given discipline.” – Entering the World of the Work of Art
LCI believes that imaginative thinking can be taught and needs to be taught. Imagination leads to creativity, which brings about innovation. Their approach focuses on participatory activities including art making, questioning, reflection and contextual information and research.
The process involves selecting a work of art, brainstorming, creating lines of inquiry, and creating connections around the work of art. The document referenced above includes templates, guides, and rubrics for lesson creation.
We encourage you to take a look at “Entering the World of the Work of Art” and also to consider LCI’s educator workshops, held in New York and in other locations.
Information on educator workshops is found at: http://www.lcinstitute.org/workshops-and-courses including this summer in New York:
2012 Introductory-Level Workshops
Lincoln Center Institute
New York, NY: July 9–13 and July 16–20
Curriki is pleased to have the Lincoln Center Institute as a partner in open education.