The cultural development project SAEPS inspires the art teachers to give support to the development of students’ aesthetic learning and creativity by stimulating the children to experience, create, express, cooperate and communicate.
SAEPS considers that aesthetic learning occurs when the student
- turns life experiences into personal interpretations
- has hands on creating within a chosen material
- develops his/her own expression
- is aware of and reflects upon the different choices during the aesthetic learning process
- is inspired by art work from artists and from visual culture in general
Aesthetic learning processes occur, when students’ life experiences lead to expressive interpretations including inspiration from and interest in visual culture.
It is not enough to see and enjoy e.g. a bicycle. The bicycle has to be the topic of an art process to provide a basis for aesthetic learning.
SAEPS has introduced 5 competences to be developed through aesthetic learning processes. The art teacher is also encouraged to use these overall competences as guidelines when planning, conducting, and evaluating art lessons and art processes.