NEW PROPOSAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMPETENCES AND WORK OF THE CONTENTS ON THE COURSE OF PLASTIC AND VISUAL EDUCATION
Plastic and Visual Education’s aim is to make the students acquire the perceptive and expressive skills needed to understand reality and to interpret and appreciate, with sensibility and aesthetic sense, the pictures and plastic works surrounding them, starting with the knowledge and use of some of the traditional plastic languages (drawing, painting, sculpture and engraving) and of those related to the ICT’s (photography, video, cinema and computing media), which require further skills for their use. Plastic and Visual Education claims, as well, to foster the development of imagination, creativity, emotional stability and self-stem, to favor critical thinking and cooperative work, to gift the students with the needed skills in order to use the elements of visual and plastic language as expression resources and to prepare them to enjoy the natural, social and cultural environment. That astonishing world of pictures, being as close to the students and as important in our societies as it is, means a powerful focus.
In this work, an alternative way of developing the students’ ability to express, analyze and create is proposed. This is carried out through a project that makes the students familiar with the visual environment of earlier times and gives them some autonomy to interpret those environments. In that project, manual working skills and the use of ICT’s are worked, by manipulating the existing visual information through an innovating proposal that, without missing the subject objectives, focuses on the proper use of audiovisual communication. This work is developed following the three basic axes of the subject: visual language synthesis, environment appreciation and the natural expression process. This project was carried out in a group of 4th grade of Secondary Education, in a school placed in Madrid, and the results were surprising even for those students away from arts understanding.