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Why is a Visual Arts Education Important?
What does Art Education do for the individual and for society? Why do we teach art? Why should you study art? How does art contribute to education at all levels?
There are many good answers to these questions, but three stand out as crucial in today’s social and economic climate. We believe that art—and therefore art education—means three things that everyone wants and needs:
Art Means Work
Beyond the qualities of creativity, self-expression, and communication, art is a type of work. This is what art has been from the beginning. This is what art is from childhood to old age. Through art, students learn the meaning of joy of work—work done to the best of one’s ability, for its own sake, for the satisfaction of a job well done. Work is one of the noblest expressions of the human spirit, and art is the visible evidence of work carried to the highest possible level. Today we hear much about productivity and workmanship. We are dedicated to the idea that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of work.
Art Means Language
Art is a language of visual images that everyone must learn to read.
In art classes, we make visual images, and we study images. Increasingly, these images affect our needs, our daily behavior, our hopes, our opinions, and our ultimate ideals. That is why someone who cannot understand or read images is not fully educated. Complete literacy includes the ability to understand, respond to, and talk about visual images. Therefore, to carry out its total mission, art education stimulates language—spoken and written—about visual images. As art teachers we work continuously on the development of critical skills. This is our way of encouraging linguistic skills. By teaching pupils to describe, analyze, and interpret visual images, we enhance their powers of verbal expression.
Art Means Values
You cannot touch art without touching values: values about home and family, work and play, the individual and society, nature and the environment, war and peace, beauty and ugliness, violence and love.
The great art of the past and the present deals with these human concerns. When we study the art of many lands and peoples, our students learn about the expression of a wide range of human values and concerns. All students must be given the opportunity to see how art can express the highest aspirations of the human spirit. From that foundation we believe they will be in a better position to choose what is right and good.
2014 Paulding County Fine Arts Association Gallery, Dallas, GA "Paulding County Art Teachers Exhibit"
2012- Present The Seen Gallery, Decatur, GA “Interpretations: Sculptural Works by Jim Bell, Melinda Crider, Angelika Domschke, Annie Evans, Michael Klapthor, and Juliana Zorka. http://www.theseengallery.com/
2009 Stillwell Art Gallery Clayton County Public Schools Jonesboro, GA at the Performing Arts Center, Annual Art Faculty Exhibit. Atlanta, GA 2001-2003
2004-2005 Elevation Gallery,
2001-2003 Darius Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2000 Buford, GA
1999-2000 Lansdell Galleries Atlanta, GA
1994-1999 Ariel Gallery, Tula Art Complex,Buckhead, GA
2000 Gallery 39,