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Why is art education in the schools so important?

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Why is Art Education Important?
Art Education Helping Students Understand Human Experience

Article First Appeared in Classroom Leadership Published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development October 2001 | Volume 5 | Number 2 What Should We Teach? Written By Andrea Mulder-Slater Teaching your students about art is a good ideahere's why: Printables For Kids It's been proven that early exposure to Parents- Print Out These Activities To Keep Your visual art, music, or drama promotes Child Entertained. www.FamilyEducation.com activity in the brain. Art helps children understand other subjects much more clearlyfrom math and science, to language arts and geography. Art nurtures inventiveness as it engages children in a process that aids in the development of selfesteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation.

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Why is art education in the schools so important?

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developing creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. So, where do you begin? Start by remembering that teaching children about art is not just about showing them how to recognize a van Gogh or Picasso, it's about preparing young minds for a future of invaluable experiencesart related or otherwise. Making Connections Through Drawing Drawing is one of the most important activities you and your students can do. Drawing not only provides the basis for other creative activities - like painting, sculpture and printmaking - but it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. The connection between drawing and geometric shapes and measurements simply cannot be denied. And do you know what else? Drawing is the single most accessible form of art available. All you need is a pencil and a sheet of paper. Here are some quick art ideas you can implement right away without a lot of preparation or materials: Have your students create picture stories. Everyone draws a series of imagesuse stick people and box-shaped houses. Once everyone has created a picture story, share the images to see if the other participants can decipher the "code." See how many versions of the story develop. Youngsters can dip their fingers in some washable ink and make fingerprints on paper. They can then use markers to add eyes, ears, and noses to create people, cars, animals, and more. Suggest that each student keep a scrapbook that belongs to him or her alone. Drawings, postcards, clippings, and pieces of grass can all go into a scrapbook. Once a month you can have a scrapbook-sharing day. Hand out paper and invite students to draw circles of all sorts, letting them overlap. Next, they can color in the shapes that appeartaking care not to let two shapes touch one another. Voila, a creation! If you have more time, try the same thing with modeling clay. Provide cut-up pieces of fruit and vegetables, along with paint and paper. Have your students paint a fruit and veggie picture. Enlist your students' help in creating signs. Supply paper, cardboard, or wood and lots of brightly colored markers. Have your students imagine there is a hole in the wall. What is lurking behind the wall? Talk about it. Ask them to draw it. See if your students can make figures using torn paper. No scissors, no pencils, just paper. If you have more time, the torn paper can be glued on another sheet and painted with watercolors. Set the clock and have your students draw stick figures on a sheet of paper for 10 minutes, spending no more than 10 seconds on each drawing. When a sheet of paper is full, they can move on to another sheet. Discuss the drawings at the end of the session. Try having your students draw their names in big blocky print with pencil on paper. Next, encourage them to fill the paper with all sorts of designs using markers, crayons, or oil pastels. If there is time, cover the paper with a light watercolor wash One of the most important lessons you can teach your students is that more often than not, a mistake is not a mistakeit's a happy accident. Illustrate this idea in an eraser-free art-making session during which students are encouraged change a "mistake" into something else. No erasing allowed! Turn a boat into a sunfish or change a lion into a raspberry bush. Before long, going with the flow will become second nature for your students. Online Art Resources Here are some resources to help back up the argument that the arts are a necessary part of learning...

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Why is art education in the schools so important?

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The Value of Art Education http://art-smart.ci.manchester.ct.us/pta_art.html How the Arts Contribute to Education http://www.cetconnect.org/learning/arts/research.asp What's a Teacher to Do? http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson002.shtml Keeping Arts in Your Children's School http://www.pta.org/pr_magazine_article_details_1117563990234.html What's a Good Arts Education Program http://school.familyeducation.com/visual-and-performing-arts/parents-andteacher/38477.html Music, Arts and the Brain http://cccf-fcsge.ca/practice/web%20watch/music_en.html Arts on the Outs http://school.familyeducation.com/visual-and-performing-arts/childrens-artactivities/37707.html What You Can Do to Bring the Arts to School http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,24-322,00.html How Important are the Arts in Our Schools? http://www.goshen.edu/art/ed/whyart.html National Art Education Association http://www.naea-reston.org/ National Association for Music Education http://www.menc.org/ Also See: What's in Your Art Cupboard? Article Copyright 2001 by Andrea Mulder-Slater Would you like to submit an article or opinion regarding art education and creativity? Send it to us at learn@kinderart.com
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