As a kid, I remember loving art class. It wasn’t math class where there was always one right answer. It wasn’t English class where I got most words spelled wrong. It was Art. It was fun. It was freeing. It allowed me to express myself without being ashamed or scared I didn’t get it right. One of the best things about art was the liberty it gave to visualize an idea and draw it on paper. I knew every time I had art I didn’t have to memorize a word or try to figure out a math problem. Art enabled me to be me.
Years later and now I professional artist myself, I appreciate art and everything that came with learning and expression of everything considered art. I’m a fan of music, dance, theater, visual and graphic art. I love it all and believe it’s vital we bring the arts back to school. Why? It’s simple, today’s kids don’t get to express themselves in school. Kids these days must learn to pass standardized tests. They learn Math and English in different ways so they know how to bubble in the right answers. I think that’s sad – very sad.
It’s no wonder that I’m a strong proponent of the arts being a part of every education program especially for children in their formative years. Art represents so much of our culture and so much our history through the ages. It’s both science and math. It teaches different critical thinking skills in children and varies shapes, sizes and measurements. Art allows children to observe and make analysis of their environments. It allows them to move and express themselves through their body. One of the best things about art is that it allows them to communicate their feelings, emotions and provides one of the highest forms of self-expressions. Join me today and say yes to bringing back the arts to schools.