The Creative Arts Program at St Lucy’s is inspired by the Reggio Emilia model where great importance is placed, not only on the Arts, but on creative process, the opportunity it provides to experiment and the room it offers for original thought and critical thinking. We are inspired by Reggio’s model in that artists are seen as educators and are brought into the educational setting to collaborate with students and teachers using their own creative process.
St Lucy’s Creative Arts Department is made up of professional Visual and Performance Artists with a wide range of experience in the Arts. The Artists work with the teachers to offer students a range of Creative Arts classes that both build technical skills and provide opportunities for self-expression, communication, connectivity between the students and to provide a space for a deeper connection to the themes the students are exploring. Our programs include specialist classes in Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts.
Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more. The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.
We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults – Loris Malaguzzi