Art is crucial to the development of this society and societies in the past. It is a mistake to consider art only necessary for personal entertainment. It is so much more.
There are many people who pursue art as a career yet art can also be used beyond the behavior of creativity. Studies prove that exposing people to art help develop their social standing, self-esteem and skills in their educational development.
As an artist I can attest that art is hard work. Years of concentration, practice, and discipline go into honing the skills needed to master the skills. One of the traits it develops within people moderately exposed to art is to learn the feeling of self-satisfaction of work done to the best of one’s skill. Therefore, it creates the revival of the idea of ‘good work’. Learning the joys of work through art encourages other growths of work for personal fulfillment, work for social recognition or work for economic expansion. Good work is an expression of one’s character, and good work ethics can be contributed to art. Productivity and workmanship is an ideal goal in our society. Both of these skills are strengthened through art. The thought that art is the best way for every young person to learn the value of good work is valid.
Art as well can promote self-esteem through development of skills needed for social acceptance. Analytical skills and the process of understanding are developed through participating in art. Art encourages analytical skills in the beginning stages of art. It requires the individual to break down thoughts and ask questions on what technique to use in order to reach a conclusion. It also shows the participant that the conclusion will not always be what you expect. Choices are needed to be made before a project begins. Deciding on what color, size, spatial relationship and what type of medium to use before the project begins is the basis for decision-making concepts. It causes the participant to ask questions and problems solve to produce the desired outcome.
Art promotes imagination that causes thoughts to rise above limitations of old thought and enables thoughts ‘outside of the box’. Through art, new concepts of mental organizing and retrieving information occur which produce critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Learning art techniques and styles help develop observation, analysis, interpretation and evaluation skills which transfer to one’s surroundings and other areas of educational development. Self esteem grows from making good choices which are developed from the skills learned through art.
Cognitive and physical skills learned in art encourage expression which leads to better communication skills. Art increases a person’s perception and also uses necessary functions of short and long-term memories. Arts education increases interest in academic learning, cognitive and basic skills development and the development of academic achievement skills. Art develops self motivation. Because there is no right answer, it is left open to the imagination and decisions of the one taking on the project, there is no fear of failure or inferiority. This concept encourages inquiring and answer-thinking questions. The quality of developing an inquiring mind and seeking answers carries over to academic learning. The two correlations between art and reading are learning to communicate and mastering a clear use of symbols. Studies have resulted in the findings that those that are allowed to participate in art are better readers and creative writers.
It is amazing to think that a small three-letter word, a-r-t, could have such an impact in these areas. A sole act of being creative can change a life, society and the world.