Working on artistic education in the classroom is the most effective strategy to encourage creative thinking, and assist in problem-solving for the future. This generates and enhances skills that can be applied to other disciplines, or even to your professional future. Through it, in addition, psychomotor, cognitive and communicative skills are developed. Children also learn to know themselves better, to express their inner world and to foster their imagination.
At the International Private College Eurocolegio Casvi, with 35 years of experience in this regard, they have always been pioneers in promoting these artistic teachings. ‘It is vital for us to hone in on the talents of our students, whatever it is. That’s why we’ve placed them on the same level of academic importance as the rest of the subjects, ‘says Juan Luis Yague, Principal of this school.
Artistic disciplines are also worked through cross-transdisciplinary areas. ‘Teachers work in continuous collaboration, as a single Department of Arts, a key principle of our educational model sponsored by the methodology of the International Baccalaureate. Thus, students are faced with real challenges in which knowledge of different artistic disciplines for the development of creative projects is demanded’, continues Juan Luis Yagüe. An example of this collaboration is its traditional Creativity Competition, which this year marks its fifth edition. Under a common theme, students present their creations in different categories: music, painting, sculpture, photography and photo editing, infographic drawing, video, literature…
Arts promotion measures
In Casvi, these innovative changes have been introduced in recent years:
- The number of classroom hours have increased.
- Artistic Disciplines are compulsory subjects from the First Cycle of Infant Education up to Grade 10. They are optional in the Diploma Programme (IB).
- Resources have been increased, too: three Arts classrooms, including a photography, lighting and video studio, and two other Music classrooms equipped with all kinds of materials.
- It is specialist teachers, graduates in this field, who are responsible for teaching these subjects. All of them combine their teaching work with other types of activities: competitions, exhibitions, festivals…
- Predominance of practice over theory.
Art in and out of school hours
The teaching of artistic disciplines at the International Private College Eurocolegio Casvi goes beyond the normal school hours. Those who want to delve into them there’s the School of the Arts, in which, as an after-school activity, students will find that learning from different disciplines is encouraged:
- Plastic and Visual Arts School. It promotes artistic techniques: watercolor, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, oil, ink… and also sculptural techniques with clay, modeling clay, papier maché, layout with recycling elements…
- Music School. It has different levels and instrumental specialties (piano, guitar, transverse flute, clarinet, drums, saxophone, violin…) In addition, for those with vocal talents, there’s the three Casvi Choir, along with the newly created Casvi Orchestra, in which the students with the highest instrumental level of the school participate.
- Theatre School. In the society in which we live, it is essential that ‘our students are able to present to an unknown audience what they learn and what they are experts about, achieving with great solvency that this attribute is important to their future as they develop into good communicators’ concludes Juan Luis Yagüe. In this sense, theatre becomes the most effective tool to achieve this, both in English and Spanish.
In Casvi, all this work for the promotion of artistic education, both in and out of the school hours, culminates with different activities. There are exhibitions, in the case of Plastic and Visual Arts (the Diploma students’ artistic project, created during their two-year program, must be highlighted) concerts and recitals, in the case of the Music School; and their own innovative theatrical productions as in the case of the Theater School. The previous ones being “The Little Mermaid” and “The Wizard of Oz.”