Art education in the classroom and beyond


In recent years, the performing and visual arts have experienced a decline in popularity among students and school administrators alike, according to The New York Times. However, according to a report by the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities, students involved in the arts demonstrate a significant improvement in overall academic success. As a result, a robust, well-rounded curriculum including music, dance, theater, and visual arts, is an essential aspect of the educational experience.
Art courses in schools nurture creative thinking and offer outlets for expressing the individuality of each student, which is often absent from the conventional classroom setting. The arts help students develop problem solving skills and fine motor skills, as well as encourage risk taking and the acceptance of failure, according to
According to the book The Arts and the Creation of Mind by former professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education Mr. Elliot Eisner, art education promotes the acceptance of cultures and fosters awareness and respect for other people and their views. Art is a part of every heritage and culture, and it engages people of all races, cultures, and social statuses. There are no limits to whom and what art represents, questions, or celebrates.
Thus, in order to enrich and improve their creative and critical thinking skills, Sacred Heart Greenwich students can take advantage of art, photography, drama, music theory, or choral classes.
Advanced Placement Studio Art student and senior Ava Vanech values her time in art class and the collaboration with other students.
“I like going to art class because it is the best way to relax and have fun amidst a busy school day, but it also offers a place to challenge yourself and work hard to achieve your goals,” Ava said.

Art in the Classroom
Nina Rosenblum ’18

The book Studio Thinking 2: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Ms. Lois Hetland examines the creative and methodical process used in visual arts classes. While following this system, students have the opportunity to develop a diverse array of skills, which they can apply in their academic studies and beyond.
The first step of the process is observation, which requires artists to concentrate on seeing details that they initially overlooked. Secondly, artists learn to discuss aspects of a work in progress. The next step is expression, which entails developing a personal style and a method of conveying emotion through medium and composition. Subsequently, artists practice engagement and persistence, through which they learn to persevere and work through mistakes in their art. The final step is the development of craft, which involves caring for tools and the artist’s workspace, as well as envisioning the final product.
In addition, student involvement and immersion in the arts can improve confidence, according to For example, working on artistic projects helps students recognize that their hard work is beneficial, according to educational consultant, arts and literacy curriculum writer, and teaching trainer Ms. Dory Kanter. Art students feel validated, self-assured, and proud after seeing the final results of their effort and self-expression.
Furthermore, the arts are a cathartic experience and an outlet for expression of all kinds. In a classroom setting, art education allows students to channel their own emotions and experiences, as well as understand those of their peers, according to
In this same regard, the development of creative thinking raises self-esteem and pushes students to embrace failure and learn from their mistakes. After all, art is a venture through trial and error and a form of self-directed learning. For teens and adolescents who experience self doubt, exposure to failure through the artistic process can lead to future success.
Beyond the classroom, the contemporary workforce is in need of innovative, creative thinkers to introduce fresh perspectives. Thus, students should have the opportunity to take art courses so they can cultivate these skills in conjunction with a traditional education. Long-term success is not limited to what a student knows or can memorize, but rather requires the ability to think abstractly and apply knowledge quickly, creatively, and cooperatively.
– Nina Rosenblum, Staff Writer