At Total Arts our focus is on integrating different aspects of the arts, uniquely pairing it with literature and story-telling as a tool for exploration and discovery.
Children explore how the arts work together which provides a shared experience, enhances understanding of creative concepts & ideas, and encourages learning & creativity in an interactive, and supportive environment.
Our youngest participants will usually explore several skill areas in a given workshop.
Older children will begin to focus on a particular skill while still exploring how different areas work together as part of the creative process.
Each child receives the same basic instruction and has access to the same materials. Within that structure they are encouraged to explore, discover, & create as they learn to express themselves through their own interpretation & application of artistic techniques & ideas. Formal art instruction may be part of a given workshop but the process still remains the primary focus.
Children learn basic movement concepts and skills while reacting to and creating narratives. Listening skills are important as they follow instructions and add their own ideas to a growing movement story. We may venture into more formal dance or drama instruction, particularly with the older groups, but our primary focus remains on encouraging individual creative expression.
Music & Rhythm
With an introduction to rhythmic concepts & vocal exploration, children are encouraged to create their own patterns & combinations with simple rhythm instruments, their voices, & their bodies. They may explore the moods or colors of music, discuss the sounds of various instruments, or examine cultural music from around the world. Structured, focussed learning may be implemented within the supportive format of individual exploration and expression.
By exploring the rhythms and movement of words and phrases, children fully engage in the story being shared. Illustrations enhance the learning experience and offer a variety of visual styles to support the ideas and themes of the story. Related activities in creative arts support the content and illustrations of selected books and allow for the creation of unique narratives. Writing or oral skills may be addressed in storytelling and creative writing activities.
Explore. Discover. Create.