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Art Methodologies in CSPE
by Maria Charlton

Students learn differently. Meeting the needs of the 'multiple intelligences' that exist in the classroom is hugely challenging. Art could be a solution! Art as an education methodology can aid students to learn 'by doing'. It can create connections for students between thinking, learning and knowing. Information can be best absorbed by visualising using the 'minds eye', working in some way with pictures and colour. Art methodologies used in the examples below include: visual stimulation, colour, cartoon, collage, design of personal folders and dividers, poster design and display.

*Aim: To introduce students to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
*Materials Required: Paper, markers, crayons, pencils, photocopies of Match -Stick Men, Screen Bean (Clip Art) or Purple Ronnie characters can be enlarged from cards etc. (Visual Stimulus)
* Process: Divide class into groups or work individually. Distribute copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
* Task: Students to illustrate each right.

* Aim: To use cartoons to enable students to explore the concept of stewardship and care for the earth and learn of the existence of the various environmental organisations.
* Materials Required: Paper, markers, crayons, pencils, copies of various posters obtained from Enfo, Greenpeace etc. (Visual Stimulus)
* Task: Students to design a poster on the theme of Stewardship. Posters to be made as part of a campaign on behalf of a particular chosen organisation or could celebrate a designated day. Students should be given ideas but allowed to explore their own ideas.

* Aim: Students to understand the concept of Interdependence and the term 'Globalisation'
* Materials Required: Photocopies of the map of the world, colouring pencils, markers
* Process: All maps should then be displayed to encourage class discussion
* Task: Each student to record where items of their clothing, and various equipment that they use i.e. CD players etc. are made (10 items). Students should then transfer this information by colouring in the various countries of production.

* Aim: Students to be able to distinguish between Criminal Law and Civil Law.
* Materials Required: Newspapers, paper, glue, markers
* Process: Display a list of crimes.
* Task: Divide the class into 2 groups ie. Civil and Criminal. Students to draw or use newspaper cut- outs to describe the various crimes.

And finally some ideas that may aid students awareness, knowledge and understanding of the concepts through visual forms. When a particular concept has been covered in class, allow students class time to produce and design a divider for their CSPE Folder (A4 Ring binder) based on that theme, starting with the word itself and then encourage students to explore visual images to explain this idea. (Recycling of card e.g. cereal box should be encouraged!) To have a display of the 7 Concepts in the classroom. A competition could be held for students to design and produce the classroom display of each concept.