Educational Workshops are an integral part of the culture at The Cottage School in Somerset County, New Jersey and are offered monthly to our parents and community at large. Always free of charge, these inspirational and insightful classes explore current topics in education, parenting, and child development.
The Cottage School is pleased to announce that the November workshop – “The Importance of the Arts in Education” will be held on Thursday, November 30th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The workshop with be co-hosted by Liza Scher who holds a degree in Art History and a concentration in German Expressionism, and Laura Soulages who is the Founding Director of The Cottage School. At the end of our discussion, attendees will be given the opportunity to paint their own holiday cards.
A core belief at The Cottage School is that art, in all forms, be it visual arts, music, dance, imaginative play or drama, positively influences children in their physical, affective and cognitive development, their desire to learn and their love for school.
The process of creativity and expression is one that should not be oppressed. Creativity is an instinct and a need for all and it is imperative that we allow children the time to create. Art enables children to be critical, innovative thinkers, to problem solve, create, communicate, express and experiment. Art helps children to develop inventive and productive ways to think outside the box, and is an indispensable tool when it comes to developing physical, cognitive and social skills.
Founding Director of the Cottage School, Laura Soulages asks:
“Is it possible to educate in a different way? If education is considered a mere transfer of knowledge, the giving of information about mathematics, geography, history, language and so forth is enough. However, if the purpose of education is to develop children as whole human beings, the arts cannot be isolated. The arts not only enrich children’s lives as they are part of the culture, but they also help them to express themselves. Personal and unique expressions are shaped in paintings, in the sounds of music, in writing, in dance and in every possible type of human expression; and this expression is necessary for life.”
Yes, it is possible to educate in a different way and we are doing so at The Cottage School in Gladstone, New Jersey. We feel that it is our job, as teachers, to nurture the creative minds of students. At The Cottage School, we integrate the Arts and Academics in all traditional subjects. We honor creativity in all subjects of learning, and, regardless of age, we provide daily free play time that help develop the imagination.
The Arts Education Partnership says that the artistic experiences in young children:
“Increase motivation, skill in symbol manipulation, and enhance skill in building social relationships. The arts develop self-regulation and develop expressive skills. Effective learning at all ages requires a balance between, on one hand, well-learned routines that provide efficiency and, on the other hand, opportunities for innovation that involve play and social interaction, which often allows new insights to emerge.”
The Cottage School is a non-selective multicultural learning community that values and fosters the children’s spirit of discovery to sustain their innate abilities and passion for learning. We create a non-competitive environment where creativity and the joy for learning are nurtured. To learn more about The Cottage School visit us at thecottageschool.net.