"Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence." Joseph M. Calahan
Visual arts education prepares students for the future!
Visual arts education develops skills of deeper understanding and divergent thinking while also playing a vital role in cultivating collaboration, communication, critical thinking, curiosity, innovation, and problem solving, additional key competencies desired by employers. Visual arts education also develops emotional intelligence, the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
Art education is about thinking!
The eight "studio habits of mind" (Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore, Understand Art Worlds) describe the thinking that teachers intend for their students to learn during the process of creating. They are:
- Stretch and explore: Try out ideas, experiment with new ways of working.
- Engage and persist: Focus on and persevere in making artwork, even when it's difficult.
- Envision: Imagine possibilities, picture ideas, design and plan next steps.
- Develop craft: Improve art skills through practice and experimentation. Explore new tools and learn to care for them.
- Observe: Look closer and more deeply than ordinary looking requires.
- Reflect: Think, talk and write about the creative process.
- Express: Communicate ideas, beliefs, and feelings through a visual language.
Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 recognizes that students need a well-rounded education to be successful in a global world. The district is committed to offering comprehensive art education at all levels. With site-based management, each school determines how art will be offered to students. For site-specific information-contact your school.
Colorado Academic Standards - Family and Community Guides
Many schools offer robust aftershool clubs and programs to further enrich education in the visual arts. Check with your school for more information.