Impact of Art
Arts Education in schools has been slipping for more than three decades due to tight budgets, increased state mandates in core curriculum and a public sense that the arts are lovely but not essential in school.
The Center on Education Policy noted in 2006 that 44% of schools have increased instruction in English and Math, and the class time for Music and Art has been reduced by 34%. Programming for Art and Music does vary from state to state and by individual school corporations and districts.
Student achievement improves when the arts are included in a students overall education. According to Americans for the Arts, children who receive regular art and music exposure are four times more likely to be recognized for academic excellence, to participate in a math, science fair or essay contest. These children are also three times more likely to be elected to a class office or leadership role. There have been numerous studies that show how frequent art exposure can lead to higher academic test scores and grades.
Art teaches children to be creative and innovative. It encourages and values individuality and creativity and children find art to be a safe venue to express their dreams and ideas. According to the National Art Education Association (NAEA), innovation and originality help children learn to form mental images to solve problems. This is helpful for all occupations and professions. Art really does help children develop valuable life and career skills that carry over into their education and throughout their lives.
According to the National Art and Education Association, art helps children think globally, which is essential in today's world. In viewing, creating and performing art through a variety of mediums, children gain exposure to diverse cultures and viewpoints. This helps children accept differences in their peers and in different cultures. In today's world such acceptance and awareness are invaluable traits that every child can utilize throughout their lifetime.
Art projects also engage higher-level thinking, which promotes an increase in problem-solving skills. Art projects force children to create action plans, (knowingly or unknowingly), to allocate their time, materials and individual skills to create and finalize their art masterpiece.
Art does not have to be complex or difficult. Kids love utilizing a variety of materials to create their projects. These projects are an expression of the individual, their creativity and these masterpieces serve as lasting memories which bring value to a child's life and learning experience.