In Grade 8, your child learns one or more of the arts: Dance, Drama, Music, and/or Visual Arts.
Your child learns and uses different elements, techniques, concepts and processes of dance, drama, music, and/or visual arts (Language and Tools).
Your child thinks of and develops different ideas to create and share dance, drama, music, and/or visual arts works (Creative Expression).
Your child learns about different art forms, styles, and traditions from various times. He or she explores the roles, purposes, influence, impact and meanings of the arts in their own lives, in the lives of their families, communities, and in different cultures around the world. (Understanding the Arts in Context)
Your child learns to question, analyze, reflect, construct meaning and share personal ideas about dance, drama, music, and/or visual arts works.
Assessment in Arts Education is based on the arts subject - overview described in the tab WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING. Your child’s progress will be reported under the four areas of learning that correspond to the arts subject area or areas being assessed.
Analysis and Communication: How does your child question, analyze, reflect, construct meaning and share personal responses about dance, drama, music, and/or visual arts?
What resources are available for parents to help support their children’s learning in the arts?
In the community:
Where to Find Arts-Based Resources for Parents?
The following list of resources is provided as suggestions and examples, and is certainly not exhaustive.
Arts in Manitoba
Music, Books, Films
Local Children’s Toy Stores
Art Galleries and Museums
Arts Based Camps
Book Resources for Parents
Jean Van't Hul. (2013). The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity.
Mona Brookes. (2002). Drawing with Children.
Fiona Watt. (2010). The Usborne complete book of art activities.
Linda Evans, Mary Thompson and Karen Backus. (2006). Art Projects from Around the World.
Susan Striker. (2001). Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation for Art.
Susan Striker. (2001). The First Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up.
Genevieve Helsby. (2007). Those Amazing Musical Instruments! with CD: Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories.
Sing Along Syms series.
Classical Kids CDs and DVDs.
Paul Rooyackers. (1997). 101 Drama Games for Children.
Lisa Bany-Winters. (2012). On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids.
Paul Rooyackers. (2003). 101 More Dance Games for Children.
Will my child take Arts Education in every grade?
Yes, all children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 receive of arts education in one or many of the following art subjects: dance, drama, music, visual arts. Education and Advanced Learning recommends a minimum of 10% instructional time be allotted for Grades 1-6 arts education and 8% instructional time for Grades 7 and 8.
Do all four Arts Subject Areas (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts) need to be taught and reported?
No. Any one or more of the four arts education subjects may be taught to meet the arts education requirements. Schools have the flexibility to choose the number and combination of arts subjects appropriate to their local context, resources, needs, and the arts education implementation approach used in the school.
Where can I find curriculum information for the subjects of Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts?
Curriculum frameworks for K-4 Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts are available on the Arts Education website.
Why is Arts Education important for my child?
The arts are a vital part of every student’s education. They engage students’ bodies, minds, and spirits and provide new ways of seeing the world. Students have opportunities to be creative, explore ideas and feelings, use their imagination, think critically and work with others. Arts education helps students move toward becoming creative adults, enriching their own lives and the lives of their communities.