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Creating Unity Through Art Education

February 2, 2017

What drives my passion for Art Education you ask? Let’s See…

Hello fellow educators! Thank you so much for checking out my post here on Tenspire.org. I am very excited about sharing my passion for the arts, art education, curriculum integration, and what I have learned from past challenges that have made me grow as an art educator with all of you!

Starting a new school year can be overwhelming, yet full of excitement. As a new teacher, I am still learning so much daily and applying what I have learned to my classroom routines. I begin the year with assessing art classroom routines that need changing, organizing art supplies, planning new projects, and much more.  While these tasks seem like an overload of things to do there is one thing that pushes me through the school year; knowing that I am sharing my love for art to my students and helping with creating them into well-rounded individuals in the community and in the classroom.

What’s the point of Art Education?

The one question I believe that I am asked more than any other question is “Why do you think art education is important?” I even ask myself this question when I feel defeated or I am facing a challenge that seems impossible to get through. Art has existed since the beginning of time and is more beneficial than we come to believe. When I am teaching an art lesson on Picasso, Warhol, Van Gogh, and many more successful artists, it’s not just about the artwork, it’s about the history behind it, events or emotions that inspired the artwork, and being able to use critical thinking skills to analyze the piece.

Art, History, and Emotions?

Art education exposes you to artwork that has recorded emotions through historical events. Art history gives a pictorial view on how the world has changed for centuries. When these artists recorded their emotions through art, it teaches them how to control their emotions and how to express them positively; a sense of self-awareness.

A strong sense self-awareness? CHECK √

Art education allows for my students to have a strong sense of self-awareness, not only in the classroom but in challenging situations they may have to face at home and later in life.

Communication and critical thinking skills.

How to interpret your thoughts, emotions and feelings during art critiques, group work, and class discussions are very important when processing information that we have learned or showing me what they have learned.

I love CULTURE!

Art education brings various cultures together! Regardless of race, gender, or economic status the love for art and what we are learning in the art room brings us together, which I LOVE. My students enjoy learning about cultural history, art techniques, and pop culture. They soon begin to realize that themselves and their peers are more alike than they think; creating not only art but UNITY.

Art education is vital for my students and yours. Not only because of the few points I have listed, but because it can be your students saving grace, their positive outlet, their safe place. Regardless if art or crafting is a hobby or passion, it’s your escape too.

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