Many individuals often see reading and writing skills as things students learn in their English classes. However, in all classes students have some sort of reading and writing assignments. On top of that, many individuals overlook visual arts, thinking of the arts as a subject where students are simply “making pretty pictures.” However, the creative process involves a significant amount of analytical skills, in-depth research and study and involves quite a bit of writing in addition to creating artworks.
Both studio arts and art history involve an extensive amount of in-depth critical analysis, not just for creating artworks, but in studying prominent artists, art movements and art theories. Art students, whether studio arts or art history, must be introduced to the full array of complexities involved in the creative process. Students are engaged in the in-depth study of aesthetics, theory and critique that all involve a considerable amount of thorough research and comprehensive writing. In partaking in these activities, students are not only becoming more informed about historical and contemporary art, but also in their artistic decisions when creating artworks. As an art teacher, I will incorporate the full complexities of the art making process, including developing students’ reading and writing skills.
Additionally, while learning about art in historical context, students are engaged in understanding the influences of the visual arts in contemporary society. Today, we are able to access information faster than ever; new technologies are emerging everyday. This is having a profound impact on our interactions on a global perspective. As students research current artists, they see the effects that artists have to address social change, how artists are influenced by exposure to current events and from cultural emersion. As important as knowing art in a historical sense is, students develop a stronger connection with the their art because they are able to see the influences of art today. The more students learn about what is currently happening in society, the more they are able to understand the bigger picture, and so will they understand how impactful their artworks can be as they continue to develop their skills, reflect on their personal experiences and formula what they want their art to be in the future.
The importance of fine arts education is not simply for students to achieve success within the classroom. Fine arts education provides students with the skills needed to interact with the world around them, and the skills need in the workplace and the ability to adapt to change. The art classroom strengths students’ knowledge and skills in an age of readily available and ever changing technology. Students gain insightful experiences of aesthetics, human understanding and innovative ways of thinking. Students’ develop the knowledge, skills and adaptability to interact with society on a global scale.
High-quality art education increases students’ cognitive skills including critical observation, creative envisioning, innovation and in-depth reflection. Through art students develop a sense of civic engagement and responsibility; students learn the value of diversity. Rather than accepting the world as is, students develop the understanding of how art can be used to change and shape the world for the betterment of society.
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