It’s unfortunate that art is one of the “extra” classes that is quick to get the axe when school budgets need to be cut. A great art program can (and should in my opinion), include math (1, 2 and multi point perspective, proportions, scale), history (art appreciation in the form of learning about the lives of artists and the time and location they lived in), science (color chemistry, exploration of mixed media), critical thinking skills (planning out compositions, problem solving, art critique), and of course language arts (writing an artists’ statement, verbalizing opinions through an art critique, describing one’s own artwork). Physical fitness I suppose may be limited (although not necessarily….look up “Jackson Pollock). Art is valuable in and of itself as a form of self expression, exploration, observation and enjoyment.
I strive to teach my students all of the above. For those that go on to become artists of any type, I hope to lay a foundation that others can build on. For others, who may never call themselves “professional artists”, I hope to at least instill a lifelong appreciation of the arts and critical thinking skills that will serve them well in any field.
What has been your art education experience?