Learning about and through the arts is vital to an education that supports the development of the whole person. Appreciation, awareness, and active participation allows the student to engage in a world of creativity, imagination, and innovation (Arts in Education Charter, 2012).
Learning in artistic performance is enjoyable and active for the student. It is hands-on, practical, and fully engaging. Students learn to work in groups, as well as developing the confidence to perform on their own. It fosters the development of self as well as many transferable skills such as public speaking and communication. Through movement, sound, symbol and image, the arts can transform people’s creative ideas into expressive works that communicate feelings, meanings, and interpretations to an audience. While it may draw on the students’ previous experiences, it also provides opportunities for students to develop new skills; the performance being both a challenge and a source of satisfaction in bringing an idea from conception to realisation.
In the class students will;
experience excellence in drama and will gain an understanding of the important elements including role, action, time, place, focus, mood, character, and story.
They will learn to develop their skills of voice projection, body language, improvisation, movement, and space to communicate effectively.
They will learn and experience the importance of set and sound design as well as costume.
They will understand the various types of roles within theater such as director, producer, set designer and lighting.
apply the features of quality to a drama performance the following elements: communication of character, sensitivity to situation, awareness of style and context, awareness of audience, sympathy to the style and context of the production and commitment to the group endeavor.
learn to identify and reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses, to seek help and to be open to feedback and criticism in a way that facilitates revision and improvement.
learn the importance of thinking through their decisions and how their actions might affect others and the collective process.
Learn in a non-traditional classroom, working extensively in the Theatre and the new rehearsal space.
experience profession theatre and the arts through attending productions.
set collective goals, work hard and compromise to achieve them, showing appreciation for the contribution of others to the development of group performances.
develop confidence as they contribute to decision-making within the group, standing apart from the crowd when needed. They use teacher, peer, and self-evaluation to improve. They develop resilience in the face of difficulties and a sense of satisfaction in the achievement of goals.
develop their writing skills through the many opportunities for creative self-expression as well as through the preparation of functional documents associated with the project
develop their oral literacy skills as they are given frequent opportunities to discuss and explain what they are doing. This short course may also provide opportunities for the teacher to actively coach students in the skills of public speaking, such as use of intonation, voice projection and diction.
1 Classroom Based Assessment which can take place in 2nd or 3rd year, at the teachers’ discretion. The results of this will feature on the students’ Profile of Achievement at the end of the Junior Cycle.