Studying, learning, growing, maturing... all of these are part of the 8th grade year. Yet, establishing a sense of what is good and fine in the world around them is also a part of growing up. I love art, not only drawing art, but also studying art. By introducing our students to fine art, we are giving them a way to understand and determine what is quality and beautiful in the world of art.
Have you ever noticed that some people just have that gift of being able to see quality... they find it when they shop for clothing, or when they buy a car, or a home... I am not talking about spending millions of dollars... I am talking about knowing quality and beauty when you see it. Not everyone has that gift. Yet, teaching and training our children in the fine arts does establish this sense of quality, understanding of design, and balance. It is training the "other side" of the person... or what I like to call training the "whole man."
Art education is not just an elective. This subject can actually make the difference in a students achievement, and even his/her testing abilities. Art education is important!