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Integrating Art with General Education

integrating art with general education

Many believe that art is not a part of general education, and traditionally, it isn’t. Recently, more and more schools are shifting importance towards common core subjects like math and science. The benefits of art education, however, are numerous and should not be discounted. Learning to create and appreciate all aesthetics, visual or not, is an important part of any child’s development. Here are some ways that integrating art with general education can benefit your child or student’s overall education and development.

Decision Making

According to Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices while creating art carries over into other parts of life. If they are exploring and thinking and experimenting and trying new ideas, then creativity has a chance to come through. They can use those skills in other school subjects, as well as in general life skills.

Inventiveness

When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks when they are creating art, they can develop a sense of innovation. That will help them move forward, and will be important in their adult lives. Some believe that society needs these kinds of artistic and innovative people to make it move forward. They seek new ways and improvements, as opposed to people who can only follow directions. Through making art with your children or students, you are encouraging the process and experience of thinking and making things better!

Cultural Awareness

We live in an increasingly diverse society. The images of different groups in the media, however, may also present mixed messages. For example, if a child is playing with a toy that represents another culture and the aesthetics of the toy are different, children can get the wrong idea or simply remain ignorant of what those differences represent if they don’t somewhat understand the art. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject, helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone else’s interpretation of reality. It opens them up to understanding interpretation, and in the future that will be a very valuable life skill.


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