The arts are a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment. They provide contexts in which children and young people learn to express their thoughts and emotions, use their imaginations, experiment and develop creativity. This area of learning makes a key contribution to learners’ personal, social and emotional development and to their growth as confident individuals. It enables them to participate in and respond to the creative and cultural life of their communities. Working as artists and designers they are encouraged to develop their own voice and to actively collaborate in order to communicate with different audiences through a variety of media contexts. Participating in a range of art forms - including art and design, drama, music and dance - helps learners become responsive, critical and appreciative. They discover the value of discipline and practise and, in responding to the work of others, they gain insights into different viewpoints, identities, traditions and cultures.