Art and Students – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

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When it comes to reforming schools, you do not hear much focus on the need for arts in children’s lives. However, young people learn numerous skills while studying the arts.

Creativity-

Being able to think outside of the box will distinguish one child from another. If children are forced to think creatively, it will come naturally to them in their future career.

Confidence-

The skills developed through theatre now only train you how to deliver a message, but also teaches confidence and command. Theatre trains children to step out of their comfort zone and teaches them making mistakes are okay.

Problem Solving-

All the practice children who participate in arts will learn problem solving and skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important skills necessary to any career.

Perseverance-

In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being continually asked to develop new talents and skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success. Children learn this by playing instruments and practicing and practicing and not giving up.

Focus-

The ability to maintain focus is a developed through art. Research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s ability to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their life.

Non-Verbal Communication-

Through experiences in theatre and dance, children learn to portray mechanics of body language. They learn different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions.

Receiving Constructive Criticism-

Positively handling constructive feedback is an important part of learning and is not supposed to be taken personally or offensively. Each arts discipline has a goal of the improvement of skills.

Collaboration-

Through the arts, children learn how to work together, share responsibility, and compromise with others in order to accomplish a common goal.

Dedication-

Kids are able to develop healthy work habits such as being on time, respecting others’ contributions and putting effort into the success of the final piece.

For more information read on at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/

The Importance of Art – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

 

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Art is a form of expression that requires many people to think in ways that are different from the tasks they perform during daily routines.  Art is both and outlet and a medium that incites thoughts, conversations, and actions within societies and between people.  It is important to remember how essential art has been in the formation of the present time and will continue to be an influence in shaping the future.

Art makes people think critically and in new, imaginative ways.  When viewing a piece of art, a person asks what message the artist was trying to convey when creating the piece and how that meaning was executed.  Even if a person dislikes a piece of art, he or she is forced to wonder why it was created and for what purpose.

Art makes people discover aesthetic likes and dislikes, but, perhaps more importantly, it also makes people feel emotions that allow them to connect with pieces of art and with the world and people around them.  Art can incite longing, empathy, anger, or desire.  Art helps brings people together because it conveys the message that individuals are not alone in their emotions and experiences.

Art helps individuals share their experiences and feel connected the people and places around them.  Art can even help people recognize that, fundamentally, human beings are not all that dissimilar and this can help audiences uncover a human culture.  There are certain objects, representations, and aesthetics, such as beautiful people and picturesque landscapes, that appeal to almost all people from various cultures.  It is important to pay attention to the things that remain important cross-culturally as these can reveal a deep human connection.  Language is not needed to understand most art.

Above all, art portrays the things that words cannot justify, both in beauty and historic significance.  Art depicts what the world looked like and what the world could look like.  In many ways, art is an optimistic force and a stern reminder of where human beings have been, the experiences they have shared, and all the possibilities the future may hold.

For more information on why art is essential to the human spirit please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/top-ten-reasons-why-art-i_b_214504.html.

Importance of Arts Education – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog

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Younger Children and Art Education

There has been a noticeable change in the education curriculum in the United States over the past few years.  Schools are being told to focus on common core subjects, like math, reading, and writing skills, and stray away form elective-type courses. Art education courses have fallen into the category of classes that are considered enjoyable but ultimately unnecessary.  As a result, art classes are being removed from some high schools and it won’t be long before the classes are removed from middle and elementary school curricula as well.  However, one has to wonder if the officials making the decision to remove art education from schools have really considered all of the benefits art classes give to children, especially children who are in the critical developmental stages of their lives.

Language and Vocabulary Skills

Just talking about art with a child helps him or her learn and begin to recognize the names of many different shapes and colors.  Making art also helps children remember the names of different activities.  For example they can paint or draw a picture of themselves playing soccer or helping cook dinner.  Through creating different pieces, children can recognize the activities they enjoy or do daily, convey a message, and describe the method they use to depict each activity.

Motor Skills and Visual Learning

Without even knowing it, a child is enhancing his or her motor skills when using a paintbrush, drawing, or even cutting different shapes out of a piece of paper.  All of these activities work to increase dexterity in children, which they will need when they begin to learn how to write.

Likewise, activities such as playing with clay or threading beads enhance a child’s visual-spatial perception skills.  It is apparent now more than ever that children are learning through visual cues and this is a good thing.  Children should be able to see the world as something three-dimensional, not just as something that exists through letters and numbers.  Art education teaches children how to understand and criticize visual information.

Decision Making

Art also helps children develop decision making skills at a young age. When children decide what activity, memory, or emotion they want to convey in an art piece, they begin to practice other parts of the decision making process as well, specifically critical-thinking and problem solving skills.  As they create art, children are constantly exploring ideas, thinking about how to physically create those ideas and make them visually appealing, and deciding what tools they will need to use to complete the task.  This echoes the process of decision making in which individuals must figure out what they want to do, how they’re going to do it, and what they will need to reach their goal.

About the MET

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In the biography for this website, Dr. Jerry Hankins discusses why the arts are important to him. A museum that is well known for displaying the arts is of course the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The MET is highly regarded by fans of art and general tourists. The Metropolitan Museum of Ars website provides a lot of great information about the museum, that may be useful to explore before visiting. It should be reassuring that out of 966 Google reviews, the average rating is 4.5 stars out of five. This should instill some confidence in potential attendees. Some of the pages on the website include Exhibitions, Collections, Events, Blogs, and shopping opportunities. The website has an option that lets you explore the pages in a variety of languages, which may be welcoming to non-native English speakers. The hours are clearly displayed on the homepage. The Exhibitions page include current, upcoming, and past exhibitions. If you want to find out about special art events occurring at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out the events page and then you can search through the different events by program. There are talks, tours, performances and so forth. If you want some artistic gear- there is a Metropolitan Museum of Art store as well, which has many cool things for your home or office. Benefit parties can also be attended at the MET which is sure to make for an unforgettable evening. For more information about the Metropolitan Museum of Art, please visit the museums official website  at MetMuseum.org. The site is definitely worth checking out. If interested, it is free to become a member as well. For more information about Dr. Jerry Hankins and his appreciate for art, please visit the homepage for this site or alternatively, visit Dr. Jerry Hankins’ other websites by checking out the link section.

The official Metropolitan Museum of Art website can be found here: http://www.metmuseum.org/

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