There are SO MANY reasons why art is important, here are a few...
Elliott Eisner, a Professor of Education at Stanford University has identified 10 lessons which are clarified through the study of Art in schools.
Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
• The arts teach children to make good judgments about
qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct
answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that
• The arts teach children that problems can have more than one
solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
• The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large
lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
• The arts teach children that in complex forms of
problem-solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and
opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and willingness to
surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
• The arts make vivid the fact that words do not, in their
literal form or number, exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language
do not define the limits of our cognition.
• The arts teach students that small differences can have large
effects. The arts traffic in subtleties.
• The arts teach students to think through and within a
material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
• The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When
children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must
reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
• The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no
other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of
what we are capable of feeling.
• The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.
Elliott Eisner, in Beyond Creating: The Place for Art in America's Schools. Getty Center for Education in the Arts. 1985 p. 69.