The Importance of Art Education
In the recent past, educators have appreciated the shift away from the heavy emphasis on common core subjects like math and reading towards more subtle school curriculum elements like the arts. This is especially the case amongst children of kindergarten age given that simple and creative aspects associated with the arts should not be considered as a luxury but a critical building block towards holistic child development (Greenea and Sawilowsky 215). This literature review addresses the positive correlation between art and student learning as well as the benefits of incorporating art into purposeful cognitive and psychomotor learning amongst kindergarten learners.
The Correlation between Art and Student Learning
Teachers in a kindergarten setting primarily use art as a means to communicate with learners. According to Frey (para 3-4), through art, learners are accorded the opportunity to communicate their intricate and unique feelings and experiences to the outside world. By inspiring kindergarteners to make careful observations on what they perceive from a given art form, the teacher is able to inspire them to take steps further. Experiencing the art expressed by others, children are taught to be keen observers and to think critically on what they are able to perceive through their sense and comprehend in their minds. It also accords the teacher to actualize child centered learning models as learners are transformed into active and respectful listeners during classroom discussion involving peers (Fernandez para 9). This is in line with observations made by Frey (para 6-8) that for kindergarten aged learners, engaging in art for learning not only empowers them with finer understanding of visual images but also supports further learning outcomes. These include greater potential for l