1. Art helps students build self-esteem through creative problem solving.
Through the art making process, students learn what quality work means. They learn how to work through creative problems to the best of their abilities. This helps them develop self-motivation and self-esteem. These qualities are essential for life in the 21st Century, where creative minds are needed to solve some of our most challenging problems.
2. Art helps students develop literacy skills.
Art is a language all its own. In art class, students learn to create, describe, analyze and interpret images. Visual literacy is a vital 21st Century skill. Not only does visual literacy compliment traditional writing and reading skills, it also helps students become informed consumers of the world around them.
3. Art helps students have a broad worldview.
By being exposed to art and artists from many different places, students learn to appreciate and celebrate differences. As students grow up in today’s global society, this sensitivity will serve them well.
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