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In Defense Of Art Education In the Schools. Ignoring Orthodox Arguments and Embracing the Facts. Art Educators in the Public schools have always had to justify their subject area in terms that academic gatekeepers could understand.

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in defense of art education in the schools
In Defense Of Art EducationIn the Schools

Ignoring Orthodox Arguments and Embracing the Facts

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Art Educators in the Public schools have always had to justify their subject area in terms that academic gatekeepers could understand.

Art Educators in the Public schools have always had to justify their subject area in terms that academic gatekeepers could understand.

orthodox argument 1
Orthodox Argument #1:

“Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes, to make critical judgments and justify such judgments.”

Pogrebin, R., http://www.nytimes.com /2007/08/04

orthodox argument 2
Orthodox Argument #2:

“Arts education ‘enables students to grasp alternative ways of seeing’.”

Pogrebin, R., http://www.nytimes.com /2007/08/04

orthodox argument 3
Orthodox Argument #3:

“Art students experience ‘improved critical thinking’.”

Pogrebin, R., http://www.nytimes.com /2007/08/04

orthodox argument 4
Orthodox Argument #4:

“…students who had more involvement in the arts in school and after school scored better on standardized tests.”

Pogrebin, R., http://www.nytimes.com /2007/08/04

orthodox argument 5
Orthodox Argument #5:

“…students who take art generally do well in school.”

Pogrebin, R., http://www.nytimes.com /2007/08/04

all good arguments but
All Good Arguments, But...

…why should we not begin to think about promoting art for art’s sake?

A casecan be made for art as a distinct academic discipline with…

a distinct omnibus of rules
A distinct omnibus of rules…
  • The Elements of Design
  • The Principles of Design
  • Rules of composition and

Balance

theories
Theories…
  • Color theory
  • Perspective
  • Visual Communication
  • Therapy
and historical context
…And historical context

The history of the world is written in the record of its art.

It is art that defines and validates civilizations.

The only thing left to tell the story of some lost civilizations is their art.

the arts form a major component of our culture
The ARTS form a major component of our culture.

Art is such an omnipresent part of our culture that most people aren’t even aware of it.

It’s the forest for the trees paradox…

art s impact on the economy
Art’s Impact Onthe Economy

“‘…the creative sector’ now makes up approximately one third of the United States economy.”

Freedman, K. (2010), Rethinking Creativity: A definition to support contemporary practice, Art Education, p. 8, 63(2).

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“The creative sector depends on the many professions that are connected to creating, viewing, and criticizing visual culture.”
  • Painting
  • Computer game design
  • Sculpture
  • Cartooning
  • Advertising
  • Landscape design
  • Television
  • Filmmaking
  • Architecture
  • Toy design
  • Fashion

Freedman, K. (2010), Rethinking Creativity: A definition to support contemporary practice, Art Education, p. 8, 63(2).

consider advertising alone
Consider Advertising Alone…

The bulk of its content and delivery rely heavily upon graphic communication (the creative uses of lines, shapes, spaces, colors, etc.) to define the effective delivery of those messages.

Sorry about the graphic…

old ideas used to promote art education in the schools
Old ideas used to promote Art Education in the schools…

(creative problem solving, deeper thinking, better test scores…)

…do not effectively defend the whole idea of visual awareness/literacy, nor do they recognize the concept of creativity.

taking art in school results in better math scores on standardized tests
“Taking Art In School Results In Better Math Scores On Standardized Tests.”

And how about this one?

Do math teachers defend their subject by arguing that taking math makes better readers?

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IT IS TIME FOR ART EDUCATORS TO BEGIN THINKING OF ART IN TERMS OF ITS SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT ON SOCIETY
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Art Education is as meaningful to a comprehensive academic curriculum as is math, science, language arts, social science, or any of the other “core” subjects.

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If exposure to art education seems to generate better students (as the orthodox arguments for it have been presented) it is because exposure to the arts opens up mental channels and gives access to understanding that other subject areas do not.

exposure to the arts makes better
Exposure to the arts makes better…
  • Thinkers
  • Presenters
  • Problem solvers
  • Graphic analysts

…just to name a few

better artists
BETTER ARTISTS

BETTER

ARTISTS