In early 2017 Creative Learning once again brought high quality cultural learning experiences to primary schools in Aberdeen through its flagship Arts Across Learning Festival. Arts Across Learning has recently been under review, putting the larger festival the city has become used to into “hibernation”. 2017’s activity was on a smaller scale than in previous years, working with partners and schools identified under a number of strategic strands of work on a very bespoke basis.
The Festival delivered a targeted approach to identified schools with projects focused on supporting the Expressive Arts curriculum through music and visual arts projects. Creativity Across the Curriculum was explored in partnership with the Library Service, promoting creative use of libraries to support literacy and numeracy. Arts Across Learning’s Early Years work encouraged parental engagement through outdoor play, and collaboration between artists and teachers were strengthened through a CPD programme, Collaborate Educate.
In 2017 Arts Across Learning worked with over 730 pupils, 11 artists, and delivered CPD opportunities for 41 teachers.133 workshop hours were offered through 17 festival events. 90% of pupils said they had learnt new Expressive Arts skills.