The Four Emphasized Areas of Art in Education Essay

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The Four Emphasized Areas of Art in Education

The National Summary Statement summarizes what every young American should know and be able to do in the arts. It is focused on four areas of emphasis: dance, music, theatre and visual arts. The scope of the summary statement is grades K-12 and speaks to both content and achievement. (National Standards for Arts Education) In this essay I will first describe the four areas of emphasis in art education and then provide recommendations of how the four areas of emphasis could be taught based on current research studies and theoretical constructs related to art.
Wikipedia defines dance as an “art form that refers to body movement, usually rhythmic and to music”. Dance can be used as a
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Theatre has a very social basis as an interaction between the actors or performers and the audience. Some types of theatre are drama, musical or comedy. There is a large variety of approaches to creating a play or drama. There can be social messages, political agendas or spiritual ideologies being presented, while other are solely artistic or for entertainment. Aristotle defined six elements to theatre: plot, character, idea, language, music and spectacle. (Hatcher, 2000).
Wikipedia defines visual arts as “art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature”. For example, drawings, sculptures, paintings, printmaking, etc. Included in the visual arts is also “modern visual arts”, this would include photography, video, filmmaking and architecture. Another sub group of visual arts is applied arts which would include industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art. Many artistic disciplines involve aspects of the visual arts. Thanks to the Arts and Craft Movement a distinction was made between fine arts and handicraft. Here are some elements of the visual arts with their definitions; * Drawing: means of making an image, using any of a wide variety of tools and techniques-dry media usually (pencils, pen, ink, crayons, charcoals, pastels and markers). * Painting: practice of applying

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