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Accessing The Arts
June 20, 2016
So I'm sitting in my studio watching the trees gently sway in the breeze, the sun is shining and for once there is peace and quiet. Don't get me wrong, peace and quiet is a wonderful thing, but it isn't always the aim of my day. So what is the aim of my day? Well...
Chaos. Noise. Movement. Happiness. Laughter.
Children are not designed to sit still, this has become a common understanding and I'm pleased to see that in a lot of schools I visit they have taken that on board and have the children learning in a variety of different ways. I see the benefit of children being allowed to move and make noise on a daily basis and I must say it is refreshing to see. It isn't always easy to allow chaos (good chaos) to ensue, as adults it seems that we always have that temptation to ask for quiet, to need to keep a lid on things and stay in control. Having 30 children moving, singing, making noise - that isn't losing control, that is allowing the children to learn how to move freely whilst having self-control. A skill that is necessary wouldn't you say?
So my job is to make music, dance and drama accessible to ALL. It might seem that in education it is all about the children, it absolutely should be, but I find there is an element to my job of creating access for the adults too. There is nothing wrong with children in school seeing their teachers having fun, letting go and making silly noises, moving round the room like a penguin, children will respond positively to that. They will see that it is O.K. to learn that way.
As we grow up we become self-conscious, we develop these ideas of appropriate behaviour. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing necessarily, we all need to know how to behave in an appropriate manner, but we tend to lose that sense of freedom that we have as a child. It can be completely appropriate to laugh out loud, to see the beauty in the smallest of moments, to be able to laugh at yourself doing the worse giraffe impression that has ever been seen.
I urge you readers, if we want our children to grow up in a creative and peaceful world, let us learn to be happy, free, to create chaos, noise, movement and let us laugh. Find the child within you.