Aesthetic and Artistic Education in Schools

Where
Portugal
When
2016
Who
General Directorate of Education, Ministry of Education and Science of Portugal
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Aga Khan Foundation
Organisation of Ibero-American States
Key objectives of the measure:

The promotion of an action plan covering different art forms in the school context. The project aims to develop:

Skills

• Creation of creative spaces in schools and cultural institutions.

• Provision of training for teachers and other school staff in different artistic fields.

• Provision of training for cultural actors.

Knowledge

• Development of models and structures for conveying arts and culture in schools and cultural institutions.

• Development of a multifaceted and tailor-made range of offers for cultural education and artistic projects.

Attitudes

• Development of long-term cooperation projects with local cultural institutions/artists.

• Promotion of systematic class activities in arts education.

• Development of the ability to appreciate and appraise works in the visual arts, music, dance and drama.

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Scope of the measure:
National
Nature of the measure:
institutional
Main feature of the measure:

Aesthetic and Artistic Education in Schools is a national initiative to promote and stimulate:

  • An increase of the aesthetic dimension of education through the appropriation of the language of various art forms, using the specific contents of each one to gradually implement educational strategies which ensure curricula which integrate different modes of expression and foster cross-curricular knowledge;
  • Development of joint actions between educational and cultural institutions based on the idea of culture as a need and an asset in the educational process;
  • Awareness among teachers and families of the role of art in children’s education and its relationship with other areas of knowledge;
  • Knowledge of cultural and artistic heritage as a process of affirmation of citizenship and a means of developing cultural literacy.

From 2010 to 2015, the programme has been implemented in 96 schools and 34 cultural institutions across the whole of the country, involving 3 595 teachers and 63 936 students thus far. The offer includes:

  • training in various art forms: visual art, music, drama, theatre, movement, dance;
  • building up partnerships between schools, cultural institutions and artists;
  • advising schools on artistic and cultural projects;
  • moderating and mediating processes within and between the schools and cultural institutions;
  • engaging children, teachers and families in all kinds of arts (e.g. dance, music, theatre and visual arts);
  • development of awareness of art as a form of knowledge.
Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

- Experimentation and progressive mastery of the specific knowledge of each art form;

- Contact with different cultural backgrounds (musical, choreographic, theatrical, fine arts, among others);

- Development of the child’s expressiveness;

-  Improvement and expansion of the child’s aesthetic experience;

- Development of the child’s aesthetic sense and intentionality.

The project also contributes to develop:

  • Arts (e.g. visual arts, music, dance, literature, drama)
  • interdisciplinarity: contribution of arts and culture to other non-artistic or non-cultural topics (e.g. environment, social climate, social inclusion, health, active lifestyle, sports).
Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

No information available

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

Give schools and cultural institutions the necessary resources to offer active participation in art and culture to every pupil.

Make sure that teaching of art and culture in schools and cultural institutions remains relevant at all levels within the institutions.

Support structures and mediators (such as cultural actors) in developing artistic projects and long-lasting cooperation.

Indicators used to determine impact:
No information available
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Multi-domain
Cultural Value Chain
Creation
Production
Distribution
Participation