There are six major benefits from studying art for children. Studies have shown that years of enrollment in arts courses are positively related with higher SAT verbal and math scores. Now what does this mean to you, a caring parent? Well, high school students who take art classes not only have higher math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no art classes; they show OVERALL improved school performance. The College Board reports that students who have had arts education have higher SAT Scores than other students . . . and . . . the more Art Classes . . . the higher the scores! Students in arts also show higher self-esteem and confidence, are more likely to assume leadership rolls, become more active in their communities, and learn to take pride in making their own creative choices. So . . . this means that arts studies lead to: 1) better reading and language skills; higher math skills; increased thinking skills; mature social skills; stronger motivation to learn; and believe it or not, high art-involved students also watch fewer hours of TV, reported less boredom in school and tend to have better attendance records.
Art is all around us! Art is more than just producing a pretty picture on the wall. When students enter the art room with excitement and an attitude to learn, their eyes and minds are opened to many possibilities in the process of creating art. Learning to draw, paint, sculpt, etc. is a gradual process. Art is not just an end product but a journey of experimentations, thought processes, and discovery evolving to creating the “masterpiece”. We all have different learning styles as well as skill levels in art. Students are provided with a variety of visual art activities that stimulate a child’s learning ability and creativity, thus being a catalyst to strengthening a student’s experience of the artistic process. The students are given opportunities to expand their knowledge in basic vocabulary words, art techniques, styles, and skills and then apply this knowledge in creating their own works of art. Students are encouraged to discuss the elements and principles of design in various works of art that are studied in class and also of their own work. The students share and critique the artwork with positive comments and/or helpful suggestions.
Study of the arts also provides unique opportunities to work with students’ individual differences in learning styles, personalities, and ability levels while challenging students to develop their skills of perceiving, creating, reflecting, and critiquing. The arts engage students in a process of continuous refinement and growth. In an environment that encourages observation, exploration, experimentation, and discovery, students will learn how to best express themselves in their work, interpret works of art, and appreciate the natural designed
world around them.