The purpose of art education is not to make professional artists of all the young people; it is to help students become complete human beings. Often, children enjoy their overall school experience more because art touches on areas not addressed in other classes. It is often during art instruction that children have opportunities to express ideas, opinions, and judgments, either through their own art production or discussion of other works. In art, for example, each student might successfully complete an assignment based on the concept of “still life” but each student’s still-life drawing is unique.
Twenty-first century workers in almost every field will need acute spatial reasoning abilities in order to master rapidly evolving technologies. These skills simply cannot be developed more completely or efficiently than through the arts. Arts such as painting and dance enhance the development of fine motor skills, another necessity when using computers and other technology.
The arts are suffering the most, in public schools, and yet are an essential component for the framework of the Twenty-first Century Learning Skills. Students, who are to succeed in the new global economy, need to develop their creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration skills. What better place to develop these than through the arts!
Paula Hanson welcomes you to her art classroom!