Curiosity creates an inspired mind through arts education
“If you could put it in words, there would be no reason to paint” -Edward Hopper
Creativity and curiosity go hand in hand to pave the way for greater intelligence and self-expression. The elasticity of the brain strengthens and expands when people are curious and seek out different experiences.
Arts education is a way to stimulate both creativity and curiosity. Different forms of art inspire students to take on the challenge of creating personal works of art. Students forget their concerns as their thoughts focus on the journey of a creative activity. Their innate curiosity to try new things, do new projects and learn new art forms ignites their creativity.
The process of creating art expresses ideas, information and dreams. Art builds a sense of self, self-esteem and a well-deserved sense of pride in creating a personal work of art. “You get what you give…except with art you always get so much more,” says Shauna Davis, a teacher at the Seven Summits Center for Learning Art Education. “Art is an activity that allows students to learn through discovery and to unfold their personal creativity.” Students do this by slowing down and taking the time to observe.
Participating in the process of creating art encourages students to look at the world differently as they discover hidden talents and new abilities. Davis especially loves the clay project her art students made. “I like to start with artwork that students will be good at because it builds interest and confidence,” she says.
Davis describes her classroom studio as a safe place for students to express themselves. It leads to optimism when students spread the message that doing things is fun. “Art is not out of reach whether a student thinks, or has been told, they are gifted or not,” Davis says. She adds, “I strongly believe that art is for everyone.”
Everyone has skills in creating art because they are transferable from other areas of their lives. For example, Davis explains that fine motor skills begin in early childhood and continue to develop as students learn cursive writing. As children learn to link letters with pencil to paper, the more the child tries to write neatly, the more they sharpen their future drawing skills. It’s just about connecting those familiar skills to techniques in the art that they may never have tried before.
Davis’ greatest joy is when students come up with a negative idea of art, and from the activities taught, they begin to see that they too can create amazing works of art. “Students often rush to complete the project, and I like to give them extra help to conceptualize the possibilities, get them to do more with each project because I always leave room for improvement by meeting them where they After all, art is just a teachable skill set that with curiosity and time, anyone can learn to participate in the creation of works of art. individual art,” says Davis. “Being a teacher, workshop instructor, and photographer allows me to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise meet and help people learn about art, which gives me a greater appreciation for my artistic journey in life.”
Getting students more involved in the visual arts starts with exposure, interesting options, engagement, and time. “My goal is to get students working with different types of art materials in the classroom,” she says. “They really appreciate the different paths that art can take them.” Currently, Seven Summits students attend art workshops throughout the year. This immersion in the arts allows students to reap the many benefits that result from curiosity, creativity, and of course, exposure to art.
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