Ten Talking Points
for Art Education
Art education nourishes creative ability.
As the world economy grows more competitive, our nation’s future very much depends on those who have creative skills. As students engage in artistic explorations, they learn how to find original solutions to problems and discover innovative techniques. They are informed by risk-taking and use of the imagination.
Art education fosters useful communication skills.
In today’s world, images and sounds combine to form a new language. Complex graphics and fast-paced imagery communicate ideas that might otherwise be difficult to express. We all must learn how to use, understand, analyze, and judge these images.
Art education prepares students with marketable skills for the world of work.
The study of art develops qualities that employers say they need in workers. Students in art classes learn how to develop and deliver a product by adhering to high standards, engaging in analytical and creative thinking, acquiring a disciplined approach to the practice and refinement of skills, and working cooperatively in teams.
An education in art is important to America’s ability to compete globally.
Countries with which we compete ensure that their children have opportunities to cultivate their utmost mental, emotional, and technological capabilities, as well as to refine and master manual skills. Increasingly, twenty-first-century careers requiresophisticated visual understanding. Architecture, product design, computer imaging, communications, and scientific investigations all rely on visual training.
Art education improves student achievement in all areas of the curriculum.
Art activity has the potential for positively engaging all students. Through their explorations and encounters with art, students can master a wide range of skills and academic concepts. Skills and attributes cultivated through art education—including creativity, imagination, problem-solving, critical thinking, self-expression and self-esteem—contribute to student achievement across the curriculum.
Art education encourages selfdiscipline and persistence.
The making of art teaches students the lessons of discipline, organization, and hard work.
Art education encourages the involvement of parents, community, and business in the schools.
Art programs bring parents into schools. Every educator knows that there is no better way to bring a child’s education alive for a parent than to exhibit the students’ products. Art education programs provide opportunities for partnerships with businesses, cultural institutions, local artists, and others to educate students and enrich communities.
Art teaches young people about human nature and culture.
The quality of civilization can be measured through its art and architecture.
Art teaches cultural diversity in an increasingly diverse nation.
By studying art, students develop their abilities to think critically, analyze, weigh meanings, and make judgments with an open mind and tolerance for diverse opinions.
Art is basic to life.
Art is the language of human expression, understanding, and functionality. Art conveys form and meaning to and from the world around us. We deal with art every day in such things as advertising, architecture, fashion, movies, and media.