Capacities for Imaginative Learning

DeltaARTS follows the aesthetic education philosophy of Dr. Maxine Greene. Participants of any age learn through the arts using the following:


Noticing Deeply – to identify and articulate layers of detail in a work of art or other object of study through continuous interaction with it over time.


Embodying – to experience a work of art or other object of study through your senses, as well as emotionally, and also to physically represent that experience.


Questioning – to ask questions throughout your explorations that further your own learning; to ask the question, “What if?”


Making Connections – to connect what you notice and the patterns you see to your prior knowledge and experiences, to others’ knowledge and experiences, and to text and multimedia resources.


Identifying Patterns – to find relationships among the details that you notice, group them, and recognize patterns.


Exhibiting Empathy – to respect the divers perspectives of others in the community; to understand the experiences of others emotional, as well as intellectually.


Living with Ambiguity – to understand that issues have more than one interpretation, that not all problems have immediate or clear-cut solutions, and to be patient while a resolution becomes clear.


Creating Meaning – to create your own interpretations based on the previous capacities, see these in the light of others in the community, create a synthesis, and express it in your own voice.


Taking Action – to try out new ideas, behaviours or situations in ways that are neither too easy nor too dangerous or difficult, based on the synthesis of what you have learned in your explorations.


Reflecting/Assessing – to look back on your learning, continually assess what you have learned, assess/identify what challenges remain, and assess/identify what further learning needs to happen. This occurs not only at the end of a learning experience, but is part of what happens throughout that experience. It is also not the end of your learning; it is a part of beginning to learn something else.


*”Capacities for Imaginative Learning” pages 46, 47, Imagination First – unlocking the power of possibility by Scott Noppe-Brandon & Eric Liul