Why is art important? So few of us will become artists...
Art is important because it is an alternative path to learning and discovery. It’s kinesthetic, sensory, reflective, collaborative, and process-oriented. Through use of messy materials it promotes student responsibility, sharing, and independence. It encourages students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn how to either fix them or accept them. It can support cross-disciplinary learning, help build fine motor skills, and it can exist as a single entity; sometimes it’s so good for kids to just draw, cut, paste, build, and imagine!
In art class we develop and use critical thinking skills to analyze works of art and solve visual problems. We learn to express our ideas through imagery and our emotions through lines and color. We learn about how art is important to cultures all over the globe, and how it has helped humans develop through history. We learn about how almost everything we interact with was imagined by an artist or designer. The vocabulary we learn in art is not only about art; it can be used by anyone who is thinking or talking about what they see in the world around them.
My goal as an art teacher is not to produce 175 new artists each year, but to help students grow in their abilities to think creatively, solve problems, make connections, and look at the world more deeply. I’m also here to help them become more responsible, independent, and cooperative, and to encourage them to experiment, take risks, and step outside their comfort zone