Art Education is a Vital Link to Academic and Creative Growth
- June 9, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
The arts – music, dance, theatre, painting, design, sculpture, literature, photography, drama and more – connect us with our imagination and creative expression. Yet, too often, in education the arts are considered more of an extracurricular activity rather than a path toward ‘doing what you love.’
Artistic activities fuel growth and development in students on many different levels, for instance:
Motor skills are fine-tuned as young children begin holding a crayon, pencil or paintbrush. Learning to draw a circle, cut safely with scissors and understand lines and shapes helps develop dexterity younger students need later on for writing.
Developing language is enabled by learning colors and shapes. Students connect how they feel in response to different colors and styles of artwork.
Making decisions is enhanced by art education as students learn to make choices in creating art. This contributes to decision making as they grow and it encourages creative thinking.
Visually spatial skills are developed with drawing, painting, bead-making and sculpting. Most young children know how to operate an iPad taking visual cues from objects and pictures.
Imagination is enhanced when students are encourages to take risk in the creation of their art, helping them develop innovatively and building confidence. Art is a great facilitator for building more inventive, resourceful adults.
Cultural mindfulness in a diverse society helps students relate to different groups. Helping students understand the concepts in art may be only one interpretation chosen by the artist.
Enriched academic performance has been proven in studies showing the parallel between art and achievements in life. Students participating in art studies achieve higher levels of academic performance in other subjects such as math and science.
When Yorktown fine arts teacher, Paige Laine, was commissioned to do a painting, it inspired her to share the joys of the process with her art class at Yorktown. Here’s what she had to say:
“I am so grateful and proud for the opportunity to create and feature this piece at Yorktown. My hope is that students notice how I teach what I love, and I do what I love, and that they remember to always do what they love as well, and understand that their passions can change anything in a meaningful way.”
Paige Lane, Fine Arts Teachers for the Lower and Upper School, Yorktown Education