Elementary - Art
Art teachers have the massive task of developing a knowledge of all types of art, even if they only specialize in one. They need to know how to use drawings, sculpture, painting, and other forms to help children create and appreciate art. In addition, they also need to design art projects that can help children explore diverse materials like clay, paint, charcoal, and pastels. They also need to be equipped with a vast knowledge of art history.
The role of elementary teachers is crucial in that they help young children develop their artistic abilities. While some art classes were cut from curriculums to give way to a standardized test, more studies have revealed how teaching art creates well-rounded learners.
Working on artworks is not only about the carefree play of materials and colors. It is about developing learners who can solve problems in a creative way. Visuals can make it easier to grasp concepts. Visual arts teach about color, layout, perspective, and balance which are life skills that can be useful in student presentations in their visual and digital academic work.
Art learning also helps in acquiring decision-making skills, risk-taking, and inventiveness. As art brings students to unpredictable challenges, they develop critical thinking and interest to observe the language of the world. They tend to get cues and nuances from verbal and non-verbal communications, and that makes it easier to foster relationships with their peers.
Americans for the Arts states that young students who are involved with arts at least three hours a day are four times more likely to achieve in their academic journey. They are also the kind of students who are actively participating in math and science fairs, as well as other events that also require a great deal of creativity. And of course, learners who are engaged in art also explore literature such as in writing essays, poems or long-form fiction.