Importance of Art Education in High School

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Why is Education of the Arts so Important in High School?
Art is very important in all of our lives because it enhances our understanding to problem solve, boosts our creative thinking and heightens self-expression. It is also considered a form of entertainment, not only for ourselves but for the entertainment of others as well. “Art in a nation’s most precious heritage, for it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment of the Arts (Lyndon). Experiences in the arts such as dance, music, visual arts, creative writing and drama, are
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If you think about it, in pre-school all you do is art! I remember making paper chain links and macaroni picture frames to put on the fridge. When a child becomes engaged in an art activity they become more calm and relaxed. By having these fun experiences children develop an interest for learning. Through art a child can better understand the relationship between things they see and experience and their reactions to them. Art for students between the ages of eight and eleven offers early opportunity of self-expression. This is crucial because If we could not creatively express ourselves, we would not be able to make a good connection with who we really are and the rest of the world around us. Conant stated that expressing experiences through art is a way of expressing more complex ideas and reactions than can be expressed through words. This means a child can understand things more fully when put into two or three-dimensional art work. At this age I remember experimenting with different tools and materials to create art that was personal to me. My drawings usually represented the area I lived in and all my animals I observed. Through my drawings I was able to connect with nature and express the joy and love I had for living in the mountains. These are experiences I will never forget. Once we reach junior high our experiences in art change. There is a shift from being a child to becoming an
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