Why teach art in elementary school?
The Visual Arts is a discipline of study that offers students an opportunity to develop aesthetic and cultural awareness through exploration leading to creative expression. Creativity, encouraged through the study of visual arts, is essential to nurture and develop the whole child. Visual Arts develop cognitive functioning and increase student academic achievement, higher order thinking, communication and collaboration skills, making the visual arts applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, social skills, and everyday life. Visual Art engages and motivates all students through active learning, critical thinking and innovative problem-solving.
As defined in the Texas Education Code, Fine Arts are a part of the “required academic curriculum.”
Senate Bill 815 stipulates that instruction in the Arts must be delivered and assessed under the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. No Child Left Behind defines the Arts as a part of the “academic core curriculum.”
Rigorous curricular study in the Visual Arts also offers students a variety of activities beyond the academic classroom. This includes the Manor ISD Art Show; Junior Visual Art Scholastic Event (Jr. VASE), MISD Art Exhibition, and an active school exhibition schedule.
At all grade levels and campuses, the fine arts support student learning by developing critical thinking skills, encouraging active participation in learning across the curriculum, and providing opportunities for self-expression through a variety of media.
Sources- Round Rock ISD Fine Arts