Arts-Infused Learning

arts infused

"Arts Integration is an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM.  Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS which CONNECTS an art form and another subject area and meets EVOLVING OBJECTIVES in both." ~ Kennedy Centre’s Definition for Arts Integration. 

There is a growing body of educational research that indicates students in Kindergarten are actually more creative than students in Grade 12.  A Queen’s University Study ‘Learning Through The Arts’ concluded that involvement in the arts contributed to student achievement as much as 11 percentile points higher in math than their peers.  Art experience is said to help develop more complex neural networks in the brain.  Ninety per cent of parents reported that the arts motivated their children to learn.  Teachers, parents, artists, and administrators talked about how the arts motivated children, referring to the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social benefits of learning in and through the arts.

Every student at Urban Academy experiences an Arts-Infused education. This means that Urban Academy students learn language arts, science, mathematics, social studies and other subjects in a process that deepens their understanding, while encouraging their creativity. The arts are used to enhance academics, promote self-confidence and allow for more complex thinking.  

"Urban Academy is simply a fantastic school. The combination of Concept Based Learning along with an Arts-Infused education makes UA stand out from the pack. Our son is flourishing already." ~ Parent of a Kindergarten UA Student