Art education has been recognized as essential for children’s development. Visual art, as in drawing and painting, has long been one of the universal languages used to express thoughts and communicate ideas.
“The power of the visual arts to enrich human experience and society is recognized and celebrated throughout the world” (Sabol, 2011).
Art education promotes effective personal growth by cultivating intellectual and cognitive skills which prepare students to be successful in their future study and work. Through art-making, art criticism, and art appreciation, students’ creativity and critical thinking skills can be fostered.
“The production of artwork involves solving numerous problems; therefore, the artist must first solve these problems by thinking critically and even critiquing him- or herself before the observer sees the artwork” (Ulger, 2018, para.12).
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2007) emphasizes that critical thinking is advantageous in achieving success in both higher education and career. Numerous researchers have investigated the relationship between the arts and critical thinking. More specifically, arts can unquestionably foster the ability of critical thinking.
The study of arts provides students with an opportunity to promote self-concept and identity. Creating art encourages active participation and allows students to discover and develop their own abilities.
According to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (2014), art enables students to “discover and develop their own creative capacity, thereby providing a source of lifelong satisfaction” (p.10). It put forward that “the arts have always served as the distinctive vehicle for discovering who we are” (p.2).
The learning of arts allows students to make connection to the world, people, community and society regardless of time and space.
Eileen (2010) argued that “television, the internet, and other influences isolate us; the arts draw us together through time and space to think, shape, move, draw, paint, dance, play, listen, act, speak, sing and create” (p.16).
Through art education, students are encouraged to feel good about being a unique individual and also to embrace differences, respect others, and learn to appreciate the power of art to help one see and understand the world. All the benefits of art education further assure students that art is a powerful means to make this world better.
PLATFORM ART Education Group