Strong Arts: Stronger Schools

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One day your child's boss will demand high standards: analytical thinking, creative problem solving, practice, discipline, teamwork and follow through — these are all valuable concepts that are taught in the arts classroom. The arts classroom refers to education in the disciplines of music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Although some may regard arts education as a luxury, the arts will prepare students for a positive and productive workplace environment.

In addition to helping your child succeed in the workplace, the arts will also help your child grow in the following ways:

1. Creativity: The arts allow kids to express themselves better than math or science. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

* 72% of employers say creativity is important when hiring.
* Yet, 85% of employers say that they can not find people with creativity.

2. Improved Academic Performance: A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

3. Confidence: There is something special about participating in the arts. The arts give students a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.

4. Visual Learning: Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.

5. Decision making: The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. Learning how to make choices and decisions will certainly carry over into their career and other parts of life.

6. Perseverance: The arts can be challenging and require a great deal of effort. Students learn that hard work and effort pays off. This mindset will certainly matter in their career where they will likely be asked to continually develop new skills and work through difficult projects.

8. Collaboration & Accountability: Many of the arts require students to work together. Students learn to share responsibility and to be held accountable for their contributions toward their group's success.

The visual arts classroom is the meeting place for all subjects at Tri-City Christian School. When we grid, measure, and draw we use geometry. When we make sculptures we use engineering. When we study color theory, we use physics. When we create illustrations, we study literature. When we study master artists, we use history. When we draw human figures, we study anatomy. Art helps us explore and connect with all subjects to deepen our understanding of the world. A world that was created by God, the ultimate master artist.

Written by Amy Karlsson 

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