Education Matters

The importance of visual art in boys’ education

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 10, 2018, 6:00:00 AM

The importance of visual art in boys’ educationVisual arts classes offer more than just a creative outlet and exhibitions that make parents proud of their boys’ newfound talents. In fact, visual art classes positively impact boys’ lives in many ways, enriching their learning experience in school. The benefits of visual arts classes may not seem obvious at first, but they all contribute greatly to the holistic development of your son.

The benefits of visual arts in boys’ education are many. Here we list just a few:

1. Aids in development beyond the classroom
There is a growing body of international and Australian research that demonstrates a direct link between an arts-rich education from an early age and an increase in students’ confidence, their intellectual abilities across all learning areas, problem-solving skills, and general life skills.

2. Essential for the future
Ted Snell
, Professor, Chief Cultural Officer, Cultural Precinct, University of Western Australia said, “In the global marketplace, the economy of the cultural industries is growing in importance, and visual expression is part of everyday communication. For Australia to compete in this marketplace, visual acuity, visual literacy and the ability to communicate visually must be recognised as an equally fundamental skill to those of language and numeracy. These can all be taught through grounding in the visual arts.

3. Promotes visual learning
Learning visual art skills such as drawing and sculpting, can help improve a boys’ visual-spatial abilities. According to Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University and author of Teaching Visual Culture, children “learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past,” and art education “teaches students how to interpret, criticise and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.”

4. Improved learning
A joint study by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australia Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the arts benefits students in life with researchers finding they had higher school motivation, engagement in class, self-esteem, and life satisfaction.

5. Develops fine motor skills
Drawing, sewing, sculpting – all of these skills require varying degrees of fine motor skills as boys start to focus on the details of their artworks. Once they begin to become detail-oriented, they will be able to improve their hand-eye coordination by working with fine tools.

Aside from these benefits, the creative arts also help to develop boys’ imaginations, confidence, inventiveness, and collaboration skills, all vital for their future years in the workforce. It also opens their minds to new concepts and a different way of seeing the world. Research has shown that parents can positively impact these benefits by talking about and participating in the arts with their children.

Trinity Grammar School encourages your son to realise his potential, pursue his passions and discover his purpose all within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

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