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What is the difference between Integrated and Expressive Arts?  The following chart shows the difference.  Both can be used to bring learning, healing, and life-changing victory.

Integrated Arts

Expressive Arts

Integrated arts practice refers to inter-disciplinary art, art research, development, production, presentation, or artistic creation of work that fully uses two or more disciplines to create a work for a specific audience. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Description

The Integrated Arts experience is defined as an activity which induces in the learner an emotional or kinesthetic state which is in some way analogous to the concept being taught, and which occurs through heightened sensory awareness on the part of the learner. The term integrated is used to denote the integration of the arts experience into the learning process. The Integrated Arts Experience provides opportunities for the following processes to occur:

  1. perceptual cognition
  2. metaphorical modes of thinking
  3. use of alternative forms of communication.

Implementation

In many schools Integrated Arts has been implemented and widely used to teach subjects that retain the attention of students. The rationale for implementing the integration of arts in the education system has been discussed by many of the art educators and others concerned with completeness of general education.  Approaches include taking the students to a museum, describing them about the paintings and telling them the background of that painting and then asking the students to write an essay on their visit to museum in an English. Another example of teaching the students with the help of arts is making them to first read a chapter of history and then asking them to create a summary of the chapter through painting. Teaching of history can also be done by role play method where the students enact the characters in the class. One other method which can be used for students of first grade or below that for teaching about animals can be done by making them hear the sounds of different animals and asking them to recognize.

Claimed advantages

Integration of arts in a classroom helps students to connect with the world they live in. The fundamental principle for integrating arts can be thought as follows:

·         There is a similarity across arts and other subjects.

·         Incorporating arts into other subjects helps in accelerating and facilitating the learning process.

·         art promotes creativity.

·         Integrated arts program are more economical than separate instruction in each area.

The claim for this type of curriculum is that the students who were taught by the integration of arts method had more knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationships among the arts and also developed an appreciation for the arts.

It is also claimed integrated art activities is it will help the child to connect his knowledge with the world outside and help him in transferring his learning about arts to many of his other subjects.

 

Expressive Arts refers to making art to express feelings and thoughts.  It is known in therapeutic circles as the expressive therapies. Expressive arts therapy or creative arts therapy, is the use of the creative arts as a form of therapy. Unlike traditional art expression, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. Expressive therapy is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression. (Parts from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Types

Expressive Arts is an umbrella term. Some common types of expressive art include:

·         Visual Expressive Arts

·         Dance Expression

·         Drama & Play Expressive Arts

·         Music Expression

·         Journaling, Poetry, Film-based Expression

·         Horticulture Expression

All expressive therapists share the belief that through creative expression and the tapping of the imagination, a person can examine the body, feelings, emotions and his or her thought process. However, expressive arts therapy is its own therapeutic discipline, an inter-modal discipline where the therapist and client move freely between drawing, dancing, music, drama, and poetry. Although often separated by the form of creative art, some expressive therapists consider themselves intermodal, using expression in general, rather than a specific discipline to treat clients, altering their approach based on the clients’ needs, or through using multiple forms of expression with the same client to aid with deeper exploration.

Expressive arts therapy is the practice of using imagery, storytelling, dance, music, drama, poetry, movement, horticulture, dreamwork, and visual arts together, in an integrated way, to foster human growth, development, and healing. It is about reclaiming our innate capacity as human beings for creative expression of our individual and collective human experience in artistic form. Expressive arts therapy is also about experiencing the natural capacity of creative expression and creative community for healing (Appalachian Expressive Arts Collective, 2003, Expressive Arts Therapy: Creative Process in Art and Life. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers. p. 3).
The documentary I Remember Better When I Paint is an international film which documents the positive impact of art and other creative activities on people with Alzheimer’s disease. The film demonstrates how expressive therapies bypass limitations.

 

Films are available from organizations such as Expressive Media Inc., which depict pioneers in the expressive therapies from around the world as they conduct therapy sessions. These films and videos are distributed for training purposes to mental health professionals

 

 

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