Throughout history art has given people a sort of distraction from their day-to-day lives.
It also helps us understand how the world works and how to help others experience the majesty of it. Many of the most famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Michelangelo all were once completely new to art as well. It took them many years to learn all the techniques needed to make such fantastic works of art. To help them learn these techniques they had many different types of teachers that taught them everything they knew. If these great artists at one time or another needed to be taught these things, then how are children today supposed to be like these great people if they are not given the opportunity to learn the same lessons.
The schools of today have started to devolve from the finer arts more and more. It’s estimated that since 2008, more than 80 percent of schools have experienced nationwide budget cuts (Melta 2016). This has caused hundreds of children nationwide to give up any hope of receiving an art curriculum. It has been researched that children who have an artistic education have more of problem solving skills, a better understanding of the maths and sciences, and are able to think more creatively than others.
Schools are far too quick to cut art programs from their curriculum, even though it can offer very useful skills for later in life.Art has been and still is an essential part of human history. It was highly important in the early 1700s. So art has been around for many years and there has always been people to pass their teachings to others.
Fast forward to the present day, art is still a major part of our society. However we have started to move further and further away from the arts in our very own schools. Children today ,in most of the United States, haven’t been taught even the basics of the arts.
Lots of schools have suffered large forms of budget cuts, or they do have some sort of art program but spend most of their money on the other core courses. So all of this means that kids don’t all the necessary tools to help them learn all they can about the arts. Schools that offer visual arts in the U.S. has dropped from 87% to 83% in the years 1999 and 2000 (Melt 2016). That denies all the benefits that come with taking an art class, including an improvement in student performance in the other core classes. But even though art courses are always the first ones to be cut from a school’s curriculum. The country should make a better effort to try to get back their visual art programs.
There are tons of differences between regular colleges and colleges for those studying art. Unlike traditional colleges, art school doesn’t offer as many of the classical subjects like English, math, and history. The traditional schools however do offer all the core classes, but only a bit of the visual arts.One of the many prose of art school is that most likely the people who attended the class with you also have a shared interest in the visual arts. The community that one would find at an art school in unparalleled. Putting a bunch of creative individuals in a small room together for a certain amount of time they are bound to come up with interesting thoughts and ideas. Another aspect of art school is that most of the time the school won’t make their students deal with classes that don’t pertain to what they came there for.
And if someone benefits from having teacher help then an art college is an ideal place to go. Because not that many people attend an art education the class sizes tend to be relatively small. Also if you decided to attend an art school many of them are highly ranked and hold some serious industry credibility. But like any other schools it has some cons as well. Cons such as financial aid more likely to be smaller than the aid one would receive if attending a traditional college. Also if someone is looking for the typical college experience then they are more likely to find it at a traditional school and not an art school. Attending an art school can lead to some complications with the grading system.
Someone could take a class that involves a lot of creative thinking, but if the teacher believes that the student didn’t create something as creative as they could have then the teacher could give that student a low grade. And because of the size of most art schools they may not offer as many classes as one would aspect. It can be difficult to fit all the different types of classes as one would like. So there are many prose and cons to going to an art school, but it can definitely benefit someone who has an interest in going into the arts. One’s involvement in the visual arts allows gains in the maths, reading, cognitive abilities, and critical problem solving/thinking.
“Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence” (Smith 2009). Students who took art as a class scored at least 91 points higher on their SAT’s exams than the students who didn’t take an art class (Melta 2016). Studies in art can also make student be motivated to not drop out of school. Studies have shown that students who attend art classes more likely to motivate students by forging bonds with fellow students and creating community-oriented environment.
Even children in elementary school can benefit from taking art classes. Visual art programs are highly approved for children developing motor skills. Art classes help young kids learn colors, shapes, and descriptive words from creating simple art projects.
Art can help the student learn in many different ways, but not many people know that art can also help the teachers. Teachers tend to be happier when they see their students in a happy mood and art can help anyone be more positive. Even seeing some of the student’s art work around the halls of the school can spark positivity and a conversation piece to talk about with people passing by or even with the artist themself. Just like sports competitions people can submit their works of art to go head to head in a competition where the winner is determined by judges. The judges decide which they believe to be the best and that person receives some kind of reward may it be a trophy, a certificate, or even prize money. And it goes without saying that the school of the person who wins would be looked at as a school where they care about everyone’s interests and talents.
The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows as many people like to believe it is. It’s a really complicated place with good times and bad times, and it may throw a stone in our path to try to trip us up. For some people it may have little to no effect on them, but for a lot of people who can’t handle the struggles of life art can be a great escape. Creating a work of art is used by many therapist as forms of dealing with life’s problems.
It is proven to be a relaxing and controlled way of handling one’s frustrations and anxieties. Art can also help people develop the skills necessary for dealing with future hurdles. It can also help kids get a hold on their ADHD by giving them a way to sit and focus on what they need to get done. And for those kids who aren’t good at outward expression art gives them a way to show other their works and try to make some new friends. It has become increasingly more and more clear that art is vital to education.
Because of this school who can’t directly pay for an art program have started to rely on private and public funding. In the year 2013, the Eugene Education Foundation donated over 30 percent of its grants to the development of art programs in schools (Melta 2016). Charter school have also been trying to help out the visual arts. Charter school have started to take a note from surrounding private school on how they handle their art programs. Another way that schools can bring back their art programs is that they’re trying to take some funding from the other classes. If they can take just a little funding from they’re other programs and put them together then they may have just enough for their art curriculum. It has been researched that children who have an artistic education have more of problem solving skills, a better understanding of the maths and sciences, and are able to think more creatively than others.
Schools are far too quick to cut art programs from their curriculum, even though it can offer very useful skills for later in life. But there are a few solutions to this problem. That solution is for schools across the country to focus more ,than what they already are, on their art programs and a little less on their core subject classes. They could create a budget that effectively works for them and that would help create a good balance between the art courses and the core courses.
The world will benefit from having the arts back in schools because it will allow children ,who are still developing, to express their feelings, solve complex problems for later in life, and encourages creative thinking.