Arts-Based Learning: Checklist for Success
Is your team ready to grow through arts-based learning? Find out here. Hint... it's not about making art, it's about learning through the experience of art.
No one an artist? Perfect! Reassure those who say “But I’m not an artist” that arts-based learning has nothing to do with creating great art, or even good art. But often people standing side by side putting paint on a canvas create powerful art.
Work with your facilitator to define desired outcomes – for example: think strategically, build bonds, open communications, find shared values, shift perceptions, launch innovative thinking, build teams.
Partner arts-based learning with traditional training as part of a full organizational growth and development program. The two types of learning will reinforce each other and the lessons learned.
Schedule arts-based learning when energy is highest, for example in the morning or after a break. Participants will be enthused and energized for sessions that follow. You’ll be amazed at the heightened level of engagement.
Let participants know in advance what to expect so they will be ready to take part in arts-based learning. This will be a new experience for most people.
End arts-based learning with a debriefing to allow participants to process the experience. Guided questions will help in understanding and cementing what was learned.
Think of arts-based learning as rich play that leads to learning (that’s how kids understand this big world). Some of the best ideas and growth in creativity happen when you are experiencing something new. When you are playing. Joking. Relaxed. Fresh.
PHOTO: TeamPaint with Union Pacific's Corporate Relations Team.
Learn more about TeamPaint, the innovative arts-based learning experience, and receive a complimentary consultation with founder Beverly Todd at www.Team-Paint.com