Using Art to develop Creative and Critical Thinking

Learning Without Limits:
Using art to develop creative and critical thinking

By Tony Hurlin

Learning Without Limits explains how to challenge and involve children of all abilities by teaching the key skills of critical and creative thinking through paintings, pictures and prints.

How can art be used to enrich the basic curriculum for all children? Children have become used to looking at more and seeing less and inattention has become the norm for many of them. Visual enquiry is an essential part of the 21st century curriculum and the paintings chosen for each unit of Learning Without Limits provide a range of techniques enabling teachers and children to look at the spiritual, moral and emotional themes that arise, together

The components of Learning Without Limits have been designed as a practical coaching pack that helps teachers and children understand and apply the core principles of critical and creative thinking. It is most suitable for use in the Art, English, PSHE or Media Studies classroom.

The pack contains seven full colour laminated A4 images, a 94 page teacher’s handbook and a CD with step by step approaches, suggestions and guidance for studying these images with children in the classroom. The images are also available on the CD, and can be viewed and presented to the class on a whiteboard for group discussion. Each image has its own range of Teachers’ Questions. Images include:

A Street in Clitheroe by L S Lowry
My Parents by David Hockney
Soft Watch by Savadore Dali
The Woodsman’s Daughter by Sir John Everett Millais
Moi et le Village by Marc Chagall
Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso

And for comparison exercises:
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden by Jane Ray
Adam and Eve by Lucas I Cranach

Suitable for children at Key Stage 3-4, but adaptable for Key Stage 2, the materials in this pack will help teachers to:

  • Connect children directly with a picture or painting
  • Give them a personalised starting point for learning
  • Get them asking authentic questions (the questions they really want to ask and answer)
  • Encourage exploratory talking and thinking
  • Start the processes of critical and creative thinking
  • Build confidence in making judgements, taking decisions and making choices
  • Refine and adapt the techniques to meet the needs of specific groups of children including able learners

Apply the core principles of critical and creative thinking to lessons you have already planned, within and beyond the National Curriculum. Open your children’s eyes to a whole new way of thinking and seeing. Look, look and look again!

Learning Without Limits – Price: £55.00
Includes a whole school licence so you can place it on your virtual learning environment!

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