Innovation and Creativity in the Arts

Coeducation is education for life. Naturally

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Albert Einstein

Stephen Roberts – Director of Arts

An arts education creates an environment where unique and experimental ideas are given the space to grow into whatever they are destined to be. Students learn to appreciate the processes of creativity and the essential element of identifying failure as an opportunity to succeed.

Students engaged in the arts are culturally literate and have the ability to enhance symbiotic thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm as the logical thinker. In the arts we celebrate the diversity that creativity demands. Logical outcomes are sometimes overlooked in favour of unpredictable solutions – such educational experiences are crucial if our students are to be truly prepared for their future.

In the current educational climate there is something of a silo mentality, where the rigidity of our subjects’ unique curricula means that our students are focused on acquiring knowledge to pass a test that is sat by the cohort in order to prove that they have all learnt the prescribed content.

Silos are ineffective – STEM without A is nonsensical, as we need to be able to connect our world with our environment and understand through empathy. One subject is not more important than another – it is futile to suggest that they are…Leonardo Da Vinci found the Science in Art.

This approach to education and curriculum is missing one of the key purposes of education – to be human is to be more than an economic producer.

This was behind the launch of the HotHouse Company by All Saints’ College in 2016.

HotHouse is an incubation environment where unique and experimental ideas are given the necessary raw materials to grow and bloom into whatever they are destined to be.

HotHouse Company is a project that offers All Saints’ College and the wider community an engaging, innovative, interdisciplinary and sustainable holistic arts program, linking with partners in the Arts industry.

Since its launch HotHouse Company has led the charge in efforts to integrate the Arts with their counterparts in STEM and ….

Next week – Process over product