Educational content and structure should not only reflect the characteristics of each art form but also provide the artistic means to practice communication and to interact within various cultural, social and historical contexts.

In this regard, there are two main approaches to Arts Education (which can be implemented at the same time and need not be distinct). The arts can be (1) taught as individual study subjects, through the teaching of the various arts disciplines, thereby developing students’ artistic skills, sensitivity, and appreciation of the arts, (2) seen as a method of teaching and learning in which artistic and cultural dimensions are included in all curriculum subjects.

The Arts in Education (AiE) approach, utilizes the arts (and the practices and cultural traditions related to those arts) as a medium for teaching general curriculum subjects and as a way to deepen understanding of these subjects; for example, using colours, forms and objects derived from the visual arts and architecture to teach subjects such as physics, biology and geometry; or introducing drama or music as a method to teach languages. Drawing on the theory of “multiple intelligences”, the AiE approach aims to extend the benefits of Arts Education to all students and subjects. This approach also aims to contextualize theory through the practical application of artistic disciplines. To be effective, this interdisciplinary approach requires changes in teaching methods and in teacher training.

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InSEA The International Society for Education Through Art is a non-governmental organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and was founded in the aftermath of World War II. 

Today’s InSEA has succeeded in establishing an international community dedicated to advocacy, networking and the advancement of research in art education using our website, Facebook and Skype, as well as regional and international congresses and journal publications. We have on-line and face-to-face meetings, virtual and on-site exhibitions of children’s art, research publications and symposia, and Internet portals to a vast range of teaching and learning resources often with access to museums and galleries world-wide.