The Importance of Art in Education|5 Reasons Why
This week, we will welcome a group of students from Schools of the Arts Singapore to our city. The art tour covers most of the main sightseeings in town, and of course, pay a visit to all the art museums. Although this type of education trip is beneficial for students as much as others, we don’t see a lot of art tours these days.
Art is a universal language that allows people to communicate without physical contact. Its meaning is ambiguous, and people understand it in many different ways.
When it comes to art, we usually think this practice is only for people who are born with talent. But this is not true. Everyone engages in art activities daily in one form or another. Think about that morning when you are singing a song while riding a bike to school.
In this article, we want to talk a little bit about this beautiful and unique practice that we usually have taken it for granted in our society. Besides, we also want to mention on the importance of art through the 5 benefits that you anyone can get it from.
Art in our education today
Art has been rooted in every aspect of life since the primitive times of human beings. This activity allows people to vividly express their ideas and opinions in a variety of ways. It is a unique practice that usually associates with abstract cognition and provides a high level of aesthetic pleasure. However, the best thing is that we perceive art in different ways and its impact on us is unknown. Perhaps, when it comes to feeling and emotion, it is not always easy to understand by our common senses.
The importance of art is undeniable. Yet, we choose to overlook it over the past few decades. The movement to cut funding art in public education and government still has been growing and circling in our system today. This can lead to a bias in career choice for adolescence.
You might also hear a lot of saying things like “why not engineering or business instead of art”, “art does not bring you anywhere” or “you won’t earn a lot of money”. And if these judgments sometimes make you feel unsure about your passion, then I urge you to read 10 reasons to study in this article. It will reassure and strengthen your mind.
What is art?
The definition of art is boundless. Call it whatever you like, there is no right or wrong way for giving the best description of this unique practice. It is so diverse that we perceive and understand art in many different ways. However, we all agree on a general consensus that this practice is a creation of the mind by using a combination of skills and imagination.
Scholars have praised and given their special definitions to the word over the past decades. Such the one said by a famous Rusian writer
Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them.– Leo Tolstoy–
We do need art, every walk of life need art not only for the high-brown purpose but also for the sake of spiritual value. Simply, art enriches our lives and gives meaning in the least expected way we could imagine.
5 Reasons why we should study art
Here are the reasons why the importance of art should be emphasized in education regardless of what you are studying. You will find that the impact of art is tangible and measurable although it is hard to understand.
Art makes you a happy person
Research from the University of Western Australia shows that a person can feel happier if she or he exposes to art for at least 2 hours every day. Whether it is active or passive exposure, it can improve mental health significantly and reduce stress.
Not only happier, but also healthier
It is nice to know that you can benefit a lot from art even when you are not a kid. For example, research from the University of Michigan revealed that adults who get involved in art activities have lower rates of hypertension to bodily function. In a simple word, you are smarter, stronger and healthier.
Art helps students do well in academic
It is obvious when someone says that art is beneficial for everyone, but how? Art is believed to help students concentrate and improve their academic performance. Don’t believe it? Try to search for Mozart Effect.
On the other hand, children who do art early in their stage can have better motor skills. It also enhances their cognitive development which is good for math subjects.
Well-communication with others
People say that art is a way of showing someone’s feelings and emotions. Whatever cannot say in words, art can help to express the ideas through one form or another. And above all…
Art boosts your confidence
I have ever seen a shy and quiet kid that becomes so different and confident when he performs music in front of hundreds of audiences. It shows how amazing art can convert one into a better version of them.
Now that we understand the essential of art. I think that we should not only study in school but also practice it every day. The importance of art in our society today is usually underestimated by our country leaders since they don’t see it as a profitable one.
However, if you look far back into the history of humans, you will realise that the practice of art has been a part of our lives since the beginning. This is something we really need to think about, especially in the material world where people are busy creating money abundance.
So, please share your thoughts below, we would like to hear what is your opinion.