Monday, November 2, 2015

What Does The Science Say About Art?



There's nothing that surprises me about these scientific findings concluding that art makes for better thinkers and nicer people. I think artists understand this intrinsically, especially those who work with youth.

To artists it's much more than a hunch, but more of a fact understood, that students exposed to art, learn about culture in a way that fosters intellectual and emotional intelligence in a holistic way. It's not news or rocket science, that scientific studies indicate that students gain a " greater tolerance, historical empathy, as well as better educational memory and critical thinking skills" when they are exposed to art education. Unfortunately it seems scientific study is listened to more so, as opposed to art educators and what they know about creativity.

It's a sad commentary really on society, and on a educational system that depends on science to prove what art educators have long known, that art and creativity should be considered one of the very basics, and creativity should be at the very foundation of the educational system, and reflected in the curriculum.

2 comments:

thesycamoretree said...

Their results don't surprise me at all! Art is one of the few ways to get people to think outside the box, to look at things in new ways. We need more folks like that!

Catherine Meyers said...

Thanks for your comment Bev. So true, I so wish more people could see things the way you do!