Aesthetic Development in OLE
Besides fostering students' life-long interest in the arts and cultivating positive values and attitudes, Aesthetic Development plays an important role in helping students to lead a healthy life and achieve whole-person development. As no public examinations are required for Aesthetic Development, students can learn the arts in a more relaxing way through appreciating, creating, performing and reflecting. Aesthetic Development is different from the elective subjects of Music and Visual Arts. It aims to provide all senior secondary students with rich and meaningful arts learning experiences, while Music and Visual Arts aim to help individual students to develop their specialisation in these two arts areas.
Suggested modes of implementation
Structured arts learning sessions:
The provision of structured arts learning sessions is an important mode of implementation for Aesthetic Development. For example, schools can offer music, visual arts, drama and/ or dance lessons in each cycle/ week, as well as organise structured arts learning days.
A variety of co-curricular activities related to the arts:
To complement the learning in structured arts learning sessions, schools should arrange a variety of co-curricular activities to engage students in learning of arts in authentic contexts. For example, students can attend arts seminars and concerts, join guided tours on arts exhibitions, work with artists, as well as participate in community arts services and arts exhibitions, performances, competitions and training programmes.
(Please see the Chinese version for more information )