Teaching the Arts is extremely beneficial to all students. Among the many benefits, students learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and develop self-discipline and persevere. Creativity encourages critical thinking and communication. In fact, creativity is really embedded in every aspect of instruction. It is the creative element of any discipline that attracts students to expand their interests in a subject matter, such as adding an artistic element to a science fair project.
Creativity, within the context of an art class, always has broader implications. When we talk about the principles of design, we are talking about perspective. And our perspective influences how we look at life. When we talk about nuances in painting, for instance, we connect that to the nuances in life – the shading, the shadows, the grays because everything is not black or white. In addition to improving eye-to-hand coordination, painting is a form of communicating a message, a thought. How a student interprets a picture he/she is about to draw and paint develops critical thinking.
Listen to young children sing. Look at their joy, for those who sound angelic and for those who can barely carry a tune. Listen to the students who come to school only speaking another language as they sing in English, another way to develop their proficiency. There are many, many examples of how this exposure benefits students because arts education can transform lives and futures. TIS strongly supports Arts education and students at all levels are benefiting.
My name is Shelly Smith-Dale. I have been teaching in the Arts for over 35 years. I have taught in Canada, Malaysia, Bali and now Macao. I am fortunate to be filling the position of Arts Coordinator at TIS, with the intention of highlighting all the wonderful arts at this school.