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Visual arts can be a powerful discipline to support success throughout a student’s education,
For students, engaging with visual arts might take place during an art class, through a trip to an art museum or by participating in an arts-integrated English class. As students learn to create, respond and connect to their surroundings, experiences with visual arts help them to gain skills that positively impact their school experience.
The body of research AEP examined suggests that participating in visual arts can:
Visual arts education cultivates skills for learning.
-Visual arts education helps students develop critical thinking skills, which in turn lead to a deeper understanding of educational content — both within the arts and in other core subject areas.
- Visual arts education also fosters creativity in students and increases student engagement in the following ways:
1 Strengthens critical thinking. Research indicates that when students engage with visual arts, whether in a museum or in a classroom, they make positive gains in critical thinking skills.
2 Encourages student engagement. Teachers observed that students who participated in
visual arts programs at museums or in classrooms tended to have more interest in the arts
and engagement in school.
3 Fosters creativity. Researchers found that students who study the arts tend to score higher
on creativity measures. Preliminary findings suggest there is a strong relationship between
studying visual arts and figural or visual creativity.
Visual arts education boosts students’ academic achievement.
- Enhances writing quality and early reading skills.
In one study, drawing before writing helped students formulate ideas and led to better quality of writing and storytelling. Researchers also found a correlation between
visual arts training and awareness of spoken language in young readers.
Contributes to postsecondary success. Arts students are more likely than their non-arts peers to graduate, attend a postsecondary school and earn a four-year college degree. In college, engagement with visual arts can have a range of positive impacts, from better performance on geometry tasks to increased observational accuracy for medical students.
Improves test scores. In one study of fourth-grade students in four Ohio elementary schools, researchers found that students participating in an arts-rich curriculum performed better on
proficiency tests in math, science and social studies than students with less access to the arts.
Visual arts education enhances the educational experience of traditionally underserved students.
English learners and students who come from low-income backgrounds experience positive achievement results from participation in visual arts in the following ways:
1 Helps students acquire English skills.
English learners who engage in arts programs at their schools increase their listening, writing and speaking skills.
2 Increases academic achievement of teenagers from low-income backgrounds.
Teenagers from low-income backgrounds who have a high level of engagement with the arts are more likely to complete high school, have a higher GPA and attend college at higher rates than their peers with low arts engagement.
3. Impacts students positively outside of academics.
When students from low-income backgrounds participate in the arts, their civic engagement increases compared with peers who don’t engage in the arts.
Students with a high level of arts engagement are also more likely to participate in extracurricular activities.
Reference ; Visual Arts Matter: How Visual Arts Education Helps Students Learn, Achieve and Thrive, Denver, CO. March 2019.
Myungja Anna Koh