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Arts-based learning encourages expression though art, such as drama, dance, music, visual art, film, poetry writing, and literature. It can take place in the regular classroom within a conventional program, or in a studio, a workshop setting, a training room or in a museum. Learners can either participate by creating ‘art’ or by engaging with the artwork of other artists. Both of these can be engaging and transformative experiences for the learners, and the instructor may decide how the students will get involved with the art depending on the learning objective.
Research in arts-based education indicates that it promotes creative thinking and problem solving skills, as well as fosters innovative leadership competencies (Brenner, 2010). Arts are viewed as means through which imagination, creativity and innovation find expression. Arts-based learning can be powerful because art taps into the affective side of humanity and evoke emotions. Arts-based learning has the capacity to engage learners personally, emotionally, and even spiritually. Additionally, art-based learning can help students develop confidence and self-esteem, and build effective communication and interpersonal skills.