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IMPORTANCE OF ART CLASSES IN SCHOOL
A school is a place where children learn and prepare for the future. From the start, it
shapes pupils into the people they will become and the careers they will pursue. To pique a
child's interest, it is necessary to expose them to various subjects. Additionally, students should
be well-rounded in multiple issues and encouraged to pursue higher education in a particular
area, whether in a core subject or an area of the arts. Having a job in the real world prepares
students for the challenges they face when they leave school. There is, however, a concern with
the absence of art programs in schools. There has been a steady decline in the number of school
art programs throughout the years. Standardized testing is the primary emphasis of schools to
boost student performance. There is no time for pupils to attend the few art lessons that schools
provide since they must study English, Science, Math, and History. I believe that every kid is an
artist. The issue is how he can continue to be an artist as he gets older." Pablo Picasso famously
spoke these words. There will be no way for a child's inner artist to emerge if schools continue to
slash arts programs; rather than asking what the arts can do for other academic disciplines, we
should ask what they can do for the individual. In light of these findings, my recommendation is
to ensure that school districts improve funds and continue to provide these art programs for all
When the No Child Left Behind Act was established by the federal government in 2002,
it was intended to raise exam performance in reading and mathematics (Arts and Smarts 1).
Instructors use this method to ensure their students' success to focus on the material they know
will be on the standard exam. Students aren't allowed to think during these assessments; instead,
they must memorize the material. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a cognitive developmental
psychologist and the creator of Harvard Graduate School's Arts in Education Program, says that
"No Child Left Behind" has stolen our classrooms' fire and enthusiasm. Teachers and students
alike are being left behind due to standardized testing's overwhelming focus on what we can
measure. Power may be found in places where it isn't quantifiable" (Arts and Smarts 4). Students
need to learn to think beyond the box to succeed in the modern world. The arts come in from
visual and musical skills to kinesthetic art.
Hetland and Winner have written a book titled "Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of
Visual Art Education." To put it another way:
They discovered a set of "Studio habits of mind" in a high school art class where pupils
learn from their errors and persevere through any hurdle. They must put in the effort and
stick to their plans. Additionally, kids learn to "imagine" what they can't see. This tool
might be helpful in the creation of a hypothesis in the field of science (Arts and Smarts
We now have scientific evidence to back up the benefits of the arts for children of all
ages. With Gottfried Schlaug, Ellen Winner conducted a four-year study to examine how music
instruction impacts children of all ages (Brain). A correlation was established between early
music instruction, improved motor, and auditory capabilities, and verbal and nonverbal cognitive
abilities. Moreover, they discovered an even more vital link between musical instruction and
language development in dyslexic youngsters (Schewe).
Traditionally, schools have used art classes to help pupils grow their knowledge and
abilities. Most of the world's most renowned people grew up interested in art as a child. The
desire to learn leads to growth in other areas of expertise. The constant comparison of creative
artistic aspects prepares individuals in different fields, such as religion, law, music, and social
It may be divided into three main categories: theatrical, industrial, and recreational.
Theater, musical theater, dancing, athletics, car repair, and woodworking programs that the
budget reductions have impacted. Kinesthetic Arts may help students improve their cognitive
abilities and their self-esteem and confidence. It is possible to increase spatial awareness and
memory by participating in theater and dance. When students perform in front of an audience,
they feel more confident. Sports are a great way to stay in shape and learn how to operate as a
team. Working with your hands is a skill that may be known in various ways, including
carpentry, vehicle repair, and sculpture. Every one of these pursuits aids in creating a final
product, whether it is a successful play or an entertaining performance. In addition, students
learn that practice makes perfect and persevere in the face of adversity.
Art is beneficial to all children, but it is beneficial to less fortunate people. Several
unpleasant and sometimes violent situations or stress may lead to cognitive, social, and
emotional difficulties in disadvantaged children. Emotional expression may be expressed via
artistic avenues such as dance or movement, sketching, and music (Pill). It empowers them via
their artistic expression and allows them to vent their anguish, escape the turmoil that surrounds
them, and experience the pleasure of being creative and accessible," says Red Brick Gallery,
which provides free painting workshops to impoverished children. In doing so, it helps
individuals regain their self-esteem and pride." (Art)
To establish character, it is essential to take art lessons. Art lessons are often cited as a
factor in the success of many people. Although art lessons have varying effects on students, they
are almost always good. For example, a student's social and collaborative abilities may be
improved by singing. A student's viewpoint may be broadened, and their approach deepened via
painting. Aside from that, performing in a play helps to improve one's self-esteem. Art, on the
other hand, has a positive impact on society. Students in art programs are encouraged to engage
in charitable activities and public performances, fostering a feeling of community and a sense of
Taking art lessons has a significant influence on a student's academic career and general
well-being. According to research, students who participate in music or art lessons are shown to
have a high IQ. Art classes also provide students with an outlet to express themselves creatively,
which may lead to discovering their hidden talents. For example, the University of Michigan is
recognized for its music and the arts support. Art lessons at the university are essential to
students' development of imagination, which is a critical component of their ability to
comprehend the world around them. This is especially true for students in art classes, which
provide vital cognitive capacity, critical thinking, and language abilities. As a result, art class
significantly impacts the student's performance in the "core" academic disciplines.
Determination, concentration, and focus are all required qualities of students who want to create
art or music. Students that take art lessons develop a greater sense of self-discipline, attention,
and devotion in their other academics as a consequence. As a result, the student's performance in
other subjects is exceptional.
Art should be taught in schools because it is a fantastic medium for expressing oneself.
It's an excellent method to release tension throughout the day, and it's beneficial for students.
Art, especially music and other fine arts, should remain in schools because they allow children to
express themselves. It's been shown that art is a significant factor in preventing pupils from
dropping out of school, which would substantially impact the global truancy or dropout rate.
During a speech at Stanford University, National Endowment for the Arts, Chairman
Dana Gioia said that art is an essential means of understanding and interpreting the world.
Stories, music, and pictures are all ways of expressing certain truths about life. Art enchants,
informs, and soothes the mind, body, and soul. "It teaches us about our feelings" (Arts and
Smarts 1). Standardized examinations should no longer be the only emphasis of educational
institutions since they do not accurately reflect students' progress. However, their exam results
influence the amount of money they get. There is a need for additional support for art programs,
but schools aren't doing it since it doesn't help them raise money. In their minds, it amounts to
"throwing money out the window" so that kids may have fun. However, as stated in this
research, art is beneficial to pupils, maybe not in terms of test results but rather long-term
benefits. Art stimulates the brain in various ways and helps pupils discover who they are. Art
programs should be included in all stages of education. Thus schools should relax upon their core
courses. They need to allow kids to experiment with a wide range of artistic expressions. It is a
fundamental part of what makes humans distinct from other species.
"Arts and Smarts: Test Scores and Cognitive Development." Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health
Authority: Market Research and Advisory Services. Greater Good Magazine, 16 Apr.
"Brain Scientists Identify Links between Arts, Learning | SharpBrains." Brain Fitness and
Cognitive Health Authority: Market Research and Advisory Services. Dana Foundation,
24 May 209.
Pill, Christina. "The Effects of Art on the Brain of an Underprivileged Child." Serendpd. (2008).
Schewe, Phillip F. "Music Improves Brain Function." LiveScience.com. (2009).
Wendler, E. "Decline in school arts programs follows funding drop, but cuts aren’t equally felt."