Education of the arts starts with the simple fact that we are all born with the ability to express ourselves through creativity, but that ability must be fostered and maintained throughout our lives. From the time we are old enough to attend school, even preschool, we are creating. Children have immense imaginations. At an early age they are typically able to translate that into some form of art, often without even realizing it. But the older we get, the more difficult it can become for some individuals to innovatively look at the world. Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” When kids are not encouraged to follow their artistic ideas, these values can become repressed over time.
Studies have shown that often the low-performing students defied teachers’ expectations and went from being disruptive and withdrawn, to being active and productive class members with more exposure to the arts. Through art, students find themselves with a voice for the first time, and take pride in what they are learning – thus experiencing a sense of accomplishment as well. I also feel that allowing students to experience this type of success can subsequently transfer into other subject areas of their core curriculum as well. Interdisciplinary lessons that combine the arts with social studies, science, reading, or even math can be an effective way to reach students who may have otherwise struggled with the material.
This is the foundation for my purpose as an art tutor. I feel very strongly that achievements in one subject area can carry over into another. I will work hard to help your student learn more about him/herself through their artwork, leading to a confidence that they might not have otherwise found. We can then apply that confidence to success across various disciplines, making academic connections through art. It is most important for me to see each student succeed and reach his or her highest potential!
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