By: Debbie Hollis, Fine Arts Chair
The study of the Arts as part of a well rounded education dates back to ancient Greece. Theatre, music, visual arts and dance were seen as important aspects of Greek society and still today we recognize the importance of these disciplines. Children receive tremendous benefits from participating in art, theatre and music in school. There is documented proof that academic scores are higher among students who study the arts. There is also a connection between studying the arts and improved social and emotional development. We find even more evidence of how important integrating Fine Arts classes into the school day is to creating well rounded, well prepared learners and leaders.
Why are the Fine Arts are so important?
- All areas of Fine Arts develop problem-solving skills.
- Visual art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, and inventiveness.
- Students who have early music training, will develop areas of the brain which help with language and reasoning.
- Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective and balance; all skills that are necessary in presentations of academic work and beyond.
- Integrating the arts with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in class.
- Fine Arts experiences boost critical thinking skills.
- A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math or science fair, or win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
- Students who memorize music/lyrics/scripts have a better ability to memorize material for other subject areas.
So as you can see, it is important to have a well rounded Fine Arts program as part of your child’s education. Arts education helps students see what they look at, hear what they listen to and feel what they touch. It allows students to develop their own creativity, it shapes abilities and character and helps students develop poise and confidence. Engaging in the arts allows students to stretch their minds beyond the boundaries of printed text and when teachers foster their creativity, it gives students a zest for imagining and learning that will last a lifetime.