Art Skill and Purpose
The purpose of arts education is to develop skills, voice, and creative purpose through a medium other than words. Although the art making process is important, the true story is told by the end result and the student’s ability to convey this narrative through the final product. As with any art, multiple interpretations can be made, but I believe that the student’s voice can be found in the mastery of skill and technique presented in the product. Beauty and aesthetic have been defined and set at a standard, and students strive to reach that expectation. As students work through their artistic lenses it is expected that they will rationalize the product as a means of communicating their story. This philosophy encourages students to trust the process and employ their knowledge of technique and skill to ensure the best possible outcome.
As an art integration advocate, I believe that the arts have a tremendously important place in every classroom. When the arts are integrated into subjects such as Math, Science, or Literacy, student learning is enhanced and engagement is increased; classroom management becomes less of an issue as concentration and motivation are improved. The arts encourage individuality and expression, and they enable students to develop an appreciation for cultural and societal diversity. Not only is involvement in the arts often associated with improved language and numeracy skills, but visual arts and music also provide students with opportunities to develop teamwork skills and self-confidence. The arts help students to think critically and develop a sense of empathy as they must take others’ perspectives into consideration.
Any new innovation is a combination of applied advanced knowledge and creative arts. For example, the combination of red, green, and blue pixels of electronic screens, allowing various devices to display numerous colors, is a combination of innovations in technology, engineering, science, mathematics, and artistic techniques such as pointillism. Among other specific skills, I believe that the arts develop the skills applicable and desirable in other disciplines: creativity, brainstorming, divergent thinking, metaphoric thinking, flexible thinking, empathy, and multisensory engagement. Creative thinking, empathy and artistic design are key factors in the successes an an accomplished professional or product design. Art Education is the springboard for this success.