Benefits of an Art Education

I feel that art is necessary in a child’s education.  Does that surprise anyone, especially since I am an art teacher?  I have seen many students benefit from the following in my art classroom:

  • improved self-esteem and self-confidence,
  • increased observational skills,
  • greater use of imagination and creativity,
  • ability to problem solve through trial and error,
  • freedom from fear of failure,
  • increased desire to come to class,
  • pride in creative work,
  • thoughtful judgment of works done by self and peers,
  • awareness of other ways to see the world,
  • teamwork,
  • respect for others,
  • appreciation for art in history and other cultures, and
  • increased ability to switch from left to right brain thinking.

In some school districts, the arts are valued.  But in others, the arts are taking a backseat.  Courses in the arts are often the first to go when curriculum changes are made.

I decided to do some research on the web for articles about art education. Here they are:

Art For Our Sake by Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland.
Guggenheim Study Suggests Art Education Benefits Literacy Skills
Book Tackles Old Debate:  Role of Art in Schools
Art Education: The Benefits
Benefits of Art and Music Education
Making a Better Case for the Benefits of Art Education
Americans For the Arts: Quick Facts

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