Monday, September 30, 2013

Never to early for ART!

Art is critical for educating the whole child

  • Arts education fosters brain development, especially of the creative and intuitive right brain functions.
  • Skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.
  • Students in quality art programs benefit from a wide range of positive effects including development of creativity and thinking skills, better self-expression, appreciation of art and music, learning about other cultures, and enriched personal satisfaction with their achievements. (Harland, Critical Links).
  • The arts provide experiences that cannot be duplicated by other means.
  • Art gives pleasure and meaning to our daily experience.
  • Insights from the arts are as important in giving meaning to the world as those from science and history.
  • Through art, students develop cultural awareness and appreciation of other viewpoints. (Welch)
  • Art develops social skills and teamwork. In art class, students are encouraged to share ideas and help each other.