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Importance of Art Education

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JudaOrlandi, Marilyn (Marilyn.JudaOrlandi)
Wed, 31 Jul 1996 09:26:00 +0002

I think the one of the purposes of Art Education in the Elementary and
Middle levels is an exercise for the right side of the brain. Almost all
other curriculum is left-brain activity.

Creativity is a prime element in all areas of study. We are all born
creative, but this capacity gets slowly snuffed out through the education
system. Art Education is what brings it forth and keeps it alive.

Where would science, mathematics, physics, etc be without the creative
element. Those who excel in any field of activity have that creative
element. Take art education out of the schools and you are going to create
robots who can put 2 and 2 together but will never come up with anything new
or exciting.

Perhaps if school administrators would realize that Art Education isn't
just creating paintings and mixing colors; rather is a whole internal
process of stimulating something special that is in each person, and that
will then carry over to ALL areas of study.

Also, I have found that when students who are having difficulties in
school, find confidence and pride in expressing themselves artistically,
they tend to carry this confidence over to other areas and do better.

A recent experience: Francesca was having a lot of academic
difficulties. As it got worse, the kids would make fun of her....and of
course it was all downhill from there as far as grades go. In art classes
she expressed great sensitivity and did some very fine work. I was really
pleased when I received the communication last week that she had won a
bronze medal in the International Children's Art Exhibition held in Japan
every year. (I always send in my student's work and last year they won a
Gold Supreme and a Gold Medal to my delight!) I called her to tell her the
good news....she wasn't there and her mother said to me "That's not
possible! Francesca isn't any good at anything!" Boy, with a mother like
that its no wonder she has problems! I know winning this Bronze medal will
be important for her confidence and I plan to make a big ceremony out of it
for her benefit. I am 100% sure if she manages to recover some confidence
in herself her academic studies will benefit. I'll let you know.


Marilyn Juda-Orlandi
Monte Porzio Catone, Italy