Changes in school systems have recently been downgrading art curriculum to boost the science studies. However, the importance and benefit of art cannot be ignored. Art may appear in the lives of students in many forms: painting, sculpting, writing, music and even advertising. There is something hypnotizing about an inspiring art work, something arresting in the melody of a favorite song. A piece of art can transcend the normalcy of feeling and propel us to new heights of emotional intelligence. Most students have, at least, a minimal appreciation for art in its various forms, and even use art to portray emotion, to communicate, and to heal. As a daily aspect of student’s lives, art is integral in cultural appreciation, historical communication, and emotional freedom, and art should have a valuable place in the school system.
Art brings to the attention both who people are collectively and individually. It describes the human condition in all its ever-changing forms world-wide. Art connects us to people all over the planet, and unites us in an appreciation of their cultures and styles and differences. “There is no distance or language barriers in art,” points out Walsh and this is correct. Art is a universal message. Fashion from different parts of the planet display the way people live in that area. A person listening to a song can connect to the writer’s emotions and lifestyle through their words, and have a deeper understanding of where the artist came from. Jeff Goins considers art to “remind us of who we really are, or perhaps who we ought to be.” Art is a divine way of appreciating life and culture in all its unique and precious forms that students of all ages must be aware.
Art gives an insight into history. It reveals how people in society were impacted by historical events. Walsh says, “Through art we learn the joy felt during times of happiness and we see the pain and despair during times of suffering. We see the hopes and the dreams, or the fears and regrets of the past.” Students attempting to digest history and its effects on society can better understand through the subconscious interpretation of a piece of art. By letting the emotions of a painting affect the viewer, or a poem its reader, students can tangibly feel the impact of history, and react to the present in an educated way. In Kailas’ articles some art is even considered national icons and cherished treasures. This gives a collective identity to a people and communicates core values and beliefs to others across the world. This communication of past and present, of history and history in the making, is an important part of a student’s ability to relate with the world around them.
Art is, as well, an expression of the emotional substance within a person’s soul, and this freedom cannot be undermined. Walsh instructs that art provides a self-awareness that helps students to succeed both personally and professionally. As time passes, more and more pressure is put on students, causing them to struggle, and how to release the difficult emotions building within them is invaluable. Art is a release; art is a freedom. Kailas even says that art is therapeutic, and sometimes necessary for healing. Art, also, gives students a voice in the problems that plague their own world. Indecency and prejudice can be protested through various forms of legal art, such as music or the written word. All students deserve the right to express emotions and thoughts through the making of art.
Art may in fact improve test scores, and raise IQs, but there is a deeper importance to art that is often forgotten. Even though different cultures produce their own art, appreciation of the arts provides a connection between people’s beliefs, values, and emotions, uniting the world as a conjoined force. Art reveals events and people of the past, and gives an identity to those of the present. Art can even be a constructive way to heal, or change, or give voice to the problems ailing students of today’s generation. In conclusion, art is a priceless aspect of the world, that gives students the resources not only to understand society’s cultures, history, and emotion, but to add to its ever-growing collection.
Walsh, Lesli. “Why We All Need Art in Our Lives.” Michipreneur. 11 April 2013, http://www.mich ipreneur.com/why-we-all-need-art-in-our-lives/. Accessed March 15, 2017.
Kailas, Vaishu. “Eight Reasons Why We Need Art.” The Commissioned. 6 Jul 2015, http://www.the commissioned.com/blog/8-reasons-why-we-need-art/. Accessed March 15, 2017.
Goins, Jeff. “The Wonderful Ache of Beauty (Why We Need Art).” Goins, Writer. 2017, www. goinswriter.com/ache/. Accessed March 15, 2017.