Art allows you to process and appreciate the world around you. Whether you are the artist themselves or the viewer appreciating the art, you are essential to the back and forth of visual communication. Especially in this day and age, we are surrounded by images -- it seems one of the quickest ways to communicate. We want our students to be able to digest these images, to be able to interact with them intelligently. We also want students to be able to create this art themselves, to expand the ways they can “speak” to others.
There are unique ways of thinking in art, ways to think outside of the box, ways to invent something new, or to slow down and process this quick-paced world. Art can also act as historical reflection -- art is not created in a vacuum, but is relevant to the artist’s experience at that time. This unique way of thinking helps problem solve in other core courses.
Art encourages students to develop an understanding of their real and imagined worlds. Because making art is so personal, a student has to take charge of their own message. They have to reflect and decide about what is important to them and what they want to say.
Through art education students learn to create, to interpret, to critique or judge as well as become exposed to art created in different times and places. Students learn a few tricks and techniques to practice, and through discipline and hard work, they experience success. That success helps develop confidence.
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