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The importance of art and design in the modern world
Transcript of The importance of art and design in the modern world
The importance of Art in Education
The presence of art in a curriculum is beneficial for students and for society as a whole. These benefits are evident in the average increase in other areas’ test scores by students with art education, failed programs which lower focus on the arts, and in the “levelling of the playing field” by exposing inner city and rural children to the arts.
Students tend to excel in core subjects if they are in an art program. Research backed this up when a “study group from the National Association of State Boards of Education noted that a substantial body of research highlights the benefits of arts” (Smith). The programs foster creativity and “outside of the box” thinking, which can be applied to core classes; a student who is educated in design may have an easier time visualizing abstract concepts in a geometry.
Countless programs in the United States have made an effort to raise test scores in a, while straightforward, counterproductive way. Some programs such as “No Child Left Behind, with its pressure to raise test scores, has reduced classroom time devoted to the arts” (Smith). This reduction in time and effort spent on arts has created the exact opposite of the intended effect: every child being left behind. Less art in the curriculum is directly correlated to lower test scores.
Beyond individual students, implementing the arts in education serves to benefit society as a whole. The National Urban Alliance for Effective Education claims “arts education enables those children from a financially challenged background to have a more level playing field with children who have had those enrichment experiences” (Smith). Or, in short, those children who are financially stable will have access to art in some way, like through museums. Lower income children won’t. But, if education exposes these children to the arts, they’ll have the same opportunity.
Arts in the curriculum for all schools would bring massive benefits to both students and society as a whole. Test scores improve as arts are implemented, it empowers under funded regions, and increases the creativity and ability to function of students. Research connections Game Research Connection
Every ad shown in the game was recognized by some person in the room. They are immediately recognizable due to companies' efforts. To do this, they simply "have to find a way to be everywhere," (Story). And they do. Advertisements and logos seep into the pores of society and psyche, leaving a permanent imprint on those who see them. The designs are simple and easy to remember, and so people do. Surely, anything that has this profound effect on people's lives is an important facet of society.
Visual Research Connection
The visual is similar to Andy Warhol's famous soup cans. When Andy Warhol was asked why he painted them "because I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again. Someone said my life has dominated me; I liked that idea" (100 cans). The brand was present in his every day life, and so was the can. As a result, the designs on the can were, too. His endless repetition, similar to that in the coca cola caps, represents this omnipresence of the symbols. All people experience this repetition of products and design in their every day lives. The visual took this repetition one step further by adding value to the bottle caps to represent diffusion, losing concentration as it is spread.
Expository Essay Research Connection
The expository essay focuses on the arts in education and the benefits of teaching them. While the essay hones in on many points such as improved test scores and failed programs which lower art standards, the words of Mrs. Westervelt, an art teacher at CHS, sums up the importance fairly well. She claims in an interview that students need "to stretch their creativity since currently the best jobs require students to be more creative" (Westervelt). In order to be competitive, students must learn not only facts, but how to think about those facts. The arts craft these skills where core classes often can not. As a result, the arts are essential to schooling a successful student.
" Why does it matter? Because it was easy Art and Design are important for two main reasons:
-The education and enlightenment of the populous
-The use of design in products, advertisements, and general every day events Works Cited:
"100 Cans > Collection Highlights > Collection > Albright-Knox Art Gallery." Albright-Knox Art Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://www.albrightknox.org/collection/collection-highlights/piece:100-cans/>. Used for Andy Warhol's piece
Smith, Fran. "Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best | Edutopia." Edutopia | K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies that Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://www.edutopia.org/arts-music-curriculum-child-development>. Art in education and "leveling the playing field"
Big resource for information on education and art correlations
"Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change | Video on TED.com." TED: Ideas worth spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://www.ted.com/talks/thelma_golden_how_art_gives_shape_to_cultural_change.html>. Ideas on how art influences culture
Impacts of art on culture
"Ursus Wehrli tidies up art | Video on TED.com." TED: Ideas worth spreading. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2013. <http://www.ted.com/talks/ursus_wehrli_tidies_up_art.html>.
Interesting but not of much use
Story, Louis. "anywhere the eye can see, it's likely to find an ad." New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2013. <www.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/business/media/15everywhere.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>.
information on how many ads are present in everyday life
Westervelt, Tamera. Personal interview. 23 May 2013.
Interview with Mrs. Westervelt, primary source from an art teacher McDonald's Apple Pepsi Twitter Air
Jordan Nike Bank of America Pringles Motorola Playstation NBC BMW Volkswagon British Petrol Red Bull Firestone Preface Beyond the classic "starving artist" stereotype held by so many lies the true nature of art and design: a powerful factor in daily life, economics, and education. Everywhere you look, design is found. Your phone, your house, every object you can possibly name besides perhaps the most industrial, was made to appeal to the eye. Also, visual art education has been directly linked to better development and performance in school. Surely something this important is not the spawn of starving artists but rather of a large, growing industry full of bright minds.