Every student is unique. There is no 'average' learner. The Universal Design for Learning framework (UDL) has been developed to help teachers design a curriculum to meet the needs of these unique individuals.
The CAST framework is informed by neuroscience:
"The three basic principles are built upon the knowledge that our learning brains are composed of three different networks, recognition, strategic, and affective. The Guidelines align these three networks with the three principles (recognition to representation, strategic to action and expression, and affective to engagement). This empirical base in neuroscience provides a solid foundation for understanding how the learning brain intersects with effective instruction." (CAST, 2020)
This framework maps perfectly onto the learning of a research based art practice, as exemplified in The Art Practice Archive. The research based art practice is about the individual making sense of the world from their unique point of view, following their creative impulses, and expressing themselves uniquely:
These elements of a research based art practice are reflected in the key NS Visual Art Curriculum outcomes:
Clearly, in both school curriculum terms, and beyond (we want our students to become artists - 'life-long learning'), the learning must be student centered, and meet the unique needs of all 'artists to be' - a 'universal design for learning'.
The blended visual art classroom should be designed to facilitate and scaffold this research based practice. Click on the icons below to find out more about the connections between this approach and UDL.
Learning a Research Based Art Practice Using the Universal Design for Learning Framework
This interactive diagram has been adapted from the CAST UDL Guidelines (CAST, 2020)
CAST (2020). The UDL Guidelines. Retrieved July 13, 2020,