Creative Based Learning | Carclew

Carclew Youth Arts

Carclew is a youth arts non-profit organisation based in Adelaide, South Australia.

It provides a platform for young artists and creatives to develop their skills, express their creativity, and engage with the arts community. Carclew offers a range of programs and services, including funding, mentorship, training, and opportunities for young people to showcase their work.

The organisation aims to support and empower young people to become active participants in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

What is Creative Based Learning?

Research shows that when children use their whole body to learn in a creative and active way, there is improved interest in learning, school attendance and student attitude, resulting in better learning outcomes and increased student resilience.

Creative Based Learning (CBL) is a professional development program for primary school teachers designed to integrate arts-based instruction to enhance student learning across the Australian Curriculum. Inspired by Drama-based Pedagogy (Dawson, 2018) CBL provides alternative teaching strategies to increase student engagement and to develop critical and creative thinking.

Carclew’s CBL Foundation Program introduces a teaching artist to work with classroom teachers to utilise the arts to teach Maths. Collaboration between the experienced teaching artist and classroom teacher builds teacher confidence and capacity to explore arts based strategies.

What are the benefits of using art to teach Maths?

The use of art and body movement to teach mathematics can offer a number of benefits, including:

  1. Engagement: Art and movement can make mathematical concepts more engaging and accessible for students, especially for those who struggle with traditional teaching methods.
  2. Multisensory learning: Involving multiple senses in the learning process can improve retention and understanding of mathematical concepts.
  3. Creative problem solving: Using art and movement in mathematics lessons can help students develop their problem-solving skills by encouraging them to think outside the box.
  4. Kinesthetic learning: Engaging in movement and physical activity can help students internalize mathematical concepts, making it easier for them to recall information.
  5. Confidence building: Engaging in creative and physical activities can help students build confidence and feel more comfortable with mathematical concepts, which can lead to greater success in future math classes.

Overall, incorporating art and body movement into mathematics lessons can provide students with a more holistic and engaging learning experience, which can improve their understanding and retention of mathematical concepts.

What did Braw do for Carclew?

In 2022, Braw went with teaching artist Eliza Lovell to The Pines Primary School to capture a session of CBL. The brief was to fulfill several purposes with one video.

  1. Document the success of CBL in a classroom for funding acquittals.
  2. Show the benefits of CBL for future sales prospects.
  3. Engaging content for social media awareness of what Carclew does.