Art in action: elementary art and executive function

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Funk, Alex
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
This project explores the intricate connection between cognitive functions and elementary art education, offering practical resources to support teachers in the development of their art teaching while supporting their students’ creative and cognitive capacities. The specific cognitive processes investigated are those involved with executive function and the default mode network while participating in the creation of visual arts. Through the investigation of recent research, experience, environment, and expression are the themes through which resources were created and available through a platform. This project has been created from my own experiences as an educator and my personal struggles with ADHD in conjunction with the conversations I have had with colleagues regarding their confidence, or lack thereof, surrounding the teaching of art in elementary school. By using the resources and templates in this project my colleagues have been provided with a guide to help build their confidence in their art programming.
art , executive function , default mode network , elementary art education , cognitive processes