"With the arts, children learn to see. We want our children to have basic skills. But we also will need sophisticated cognition, and they can learn that through the visual arts."
- Professor Elliot Eisner,
Professor Emeritus of Children Education,
Stanford University -
"While students in art classes learn techniques specific to art, such as how to draw or how to mix paint, they're also taught a remarkable array of mental habits not emphasized elsewhere in schools."
- Professor Lois Hetland & Dr Ellen Winner,
The Studio Thinking Project,
J. Paul Getty Trust -
- Betty Edwards,
"Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain",
The standard textbook for many art schools -
Should Art be Taught like Maths and Science in Schools?
Traditionally, to provide children with job skills, the focus on school education is on teaching languages and STEM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
However, over the past decade, there have been increasing calls to relook at this as recent graduates appear to lack skillsets to meet new job requirements.
Transitioning from STEM to STEAM
Learning Visual Art Helps to Develop the Visual Perception System, Which is an Important Stage of Child Development1
Long-Term Participation in Fine Art Activities Offer Advantages Related to Mathematical Reasoning
Young people who participate in the arts for at least 3 hours on 3 days each week through at least 1 full year are:
Participating in Fine Art Activities can Improve Mental Well-Being1
Why Learn Art?
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