The four Artful Learning concepts include:
Experience: Students experience and respond to a large concept using a “masterwork” (art, music, drama, dance, scientific innovation, architecture, literature, mathematical formula, etc.) through sight, sound and movement. Serving as a catalyst for immediate student engagement, the masterwork awakens ideas, emotions and new understandings through visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities. Students leave this phase curious and wanting to know more.
Inquire: Students begin a substantive investigation triggered by questions and observations raised in the masterwork experiences. A “significant question” guides the inquiry while students employ a variety of research techniques and constructivist explorations — utilizing the interdisciplinary content — to investigate more about the required subject matter.
Create: Students design and complete an “original creation” — a tangible, artistic manifestation that synthesizes and demonstrates their understanding of this new knowledge. Thinking moves from divergent to convergent.
Reflect: Students cogitate on their journey through the “unit of study” and ask “deepening questions” about what and how they learned. They document this process through detailed narratives, maps and metaphors. Students discover new ideas and connections while considering what they can use in practical application. Valuable skills are identified that will serve them in life and students set new goals for becoming more self-directed as learners.