Sunday, March 13, 2011

What Art teaches our kids

In my weekly round of other art teacher blogs, I came across this nice list of things that art teaches students.  It is a distilation of a speach by Elliot Eisner, an Art Professor at Stanford. It was on Hands-On Art, a blog I frequent for inspiration. These same lessons can be learned via music, sports and drama etc, but Art is inherently an easy way to achieve these goals without regard to resources or talent.

10 Lessons the Arts Teach (by Elliot Eisner)

1. The arts teach children GOOD JUDGEMENT about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

2. The arts teach children that problems can have
MORE THAN ONE SOLUTION and that questions can have more than one answer.

3. The arts celebrate
MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES. One of tehir large lessons is that there are many ways to SEE AND INTERPRET the world.

4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. LEarning in the arts requires the
ABILITY and WILLINGNESS to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.

5. The arts make VIVID the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can KNOW.
The limits of our language does not define the limits of our COGNITION.

6. The arts teach students that SMALL DIFFERENCES can have LARGE EFFECTS. The arts traffic the subtleties.

7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which IMAGES become REAL.

8. The arts help
CHILDREN LEARN to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them FEEL, they must reach into their POETIC capacities to find the words that will do the job.

9. The arts enable us to have EXPERIENCE we can have from no other source and through such experience to DISCOVER the range and variety of what we are capable of FEELING.

The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults BELIEVE is IMPORTANT.

Want more? For a longer version and to read more about the author, click here.

Here he is on YouTube about art. click here to watch.

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