Arts touch and enlighten the heart and soul of an individual.
Through Arts education the growth of a child's heart, mind, and body, and soul are nurtured.
Education in the Arts is an essential element of curriculum at New Hope.
Our School culture and class instruction are intentionally designed to give every student the experience of performing before an audience, creating music, and exploring making fine arts from the PreSchool age through the Upper School.
21st Century Skills: The 4 Cs
Trying new approaches to develop innovations and inventions
Looking at problems a new way
Working together to reach a goal
Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions
Musical training enhances students' development of language and reasoning skills, resulting in higher scores in standardized tests and reading preficiency exams. Studies show that when making music, left and right brain hemispheres are simutaneously stimulated and engaged. This means the brain can process information faster through multiple pathways because of enhanced connectivity. Communication, self-esteem, creativity, self-expression, cooperation, and empathy are some of the social aspects involved in musical training.
Art education allows students to express themselves creatively and use critical thinking and innovation in problem-solving. Working collaboratively, students learn to cooperate and communicate thoughts and ideas. Cultural awareness and connecting students with their own culture aids in their understanding of the human experience and teaches them how to respect other ways of working and thinking. Empathy becomes a natural outgrowth of their experience. As students utilize their left and right brain hemispheres, they become better students and grow in confidence in their abilities.
DANCE AND DRAMA
Education in the art of dance develops the knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as a means of artistic commuinication. Students who study dance are more self-motivated, disciplined, and focused. They are able to be creative, imaginative, and expressive in their communication of emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Students use critical thinking skills, nonverbal reasoning and communication as they work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and interact within a multicultural society.
Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world, and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy.