Arts: Wellness, College and the Job Market

Art can access a part of your brain, body, spirit, mind that nothing else can.

Art + Wellness:   Aside from being a wonderful creative outlet, participation in the Arts is clinically proven to reduce stress (even for the novice artist).  In fact, 45 minutes of art-making a day (any type of art), is proven to significantly reduce the stress hormone levels of participants.   Students with Art within their school day have an opportunity to think in divergent ways, to stretch their expressive potential, to “speak” without words, to connect with their culture/history and personal identity… Having the quiet place to breathe, relax, de-stress, open-up, explore and express is a HEALTHY choice within any student’s schedule.

College: Colleges want to see balanced, well-rounded students who can prove their aptitude in various areas of study.  Colleges appreciate talent, passions, community involvement/service and connections to your peers.  Colleges want to see diverse ways of thinking, and students who can solve problems in various (new) ways.  The Arts offer all of these assets and more.  While you may not be pursuing a creative field of study in college, a class in the creative Arts is beneficial for ALL types of learners and will apply to any future study.

Creativity, Problem Solving, Work Ethic, Problem Solving:  The job market is in SOFT SKILL demand.  Creativity continues to be one of the top two, in-demand job skills of 2019-2020.  These “soft skills” are taught, honed and fostered through creative Arts exposure.  The more exposure you have, the stronger the skills will become.

Why Study Art? -Tate Modern

Our Visual Arts Pathway is accessible for students of all abilities.  Visual and Performing Arts Pathway, offers a tiered level of classes in two and three dimensional arts.  Students may waive into higher level classes upon portfolio review.

AP classes currently offered within the Visual Arts Pathway: AP Studio Art: Drawing, AP Studio Art: Design, AP Art History.

When you take Art, you’re part of a family! 

Careers and Education

What do the Visual Arts teach us?

  • The arts teach students how to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
  • The arts teach students that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
  • The arts teach students that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity.
  • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we know.
  • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
  • The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
  • The arts help students learn to say what cannot be said.
  • The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and to discover the range of what we are capable of feeling.
  • The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young: what adults believe is important.

Author: Elliot Eisner

Additional Resources

Artschool also has great resources that encourage Visual Art Education.
The National Art Education Association is an online PDF that provides information regarding the reasons why Visual Art Education is such an integral part of primary and secondary education.

 

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