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 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.

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