Why Art?

Artzone exists primarily to promote and provide high standards in visual arts education for young people in Ireland:-

  1. for arts sake; and
  2. for the wider development of the student.

ART may not be part of the holy trinity of Irish Education – English, Irish and Maths; or the Christian Brothers 3 rs – Reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic, but few would deny its value as a core subject in education.  At the same time, it struggles with competing and contradictory perceptions – it is easy and too hard at the same time.

“There is no time for reflection, discovery, revision and redirection in modern education. To lose these outcomes in art education is tragic, for these skills are at the heart of authentic problem solving in any discipline.”

US academic, Dr Richard Siegesmund

Artzone believe with the right teacher(s), the right curriculum and the right approach to teaching art, students will develop art and design skills that will benefit them throughout life.

Furthermore art builds a climate of high expectation, discipline, and academic rigor.  This rigorous approach – the concept development, design, review, re-work and resolving process benefits a students design, project management, problem solving skills allowing creativity and innovation to flourish.

“Visual art provides a means of gaining insight into mathematical problem-solving. Einstein claimed a symbiotic relationship between visual and mathematic thought was critical for working at the highest levels of science.”

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Investing in art education makes great economic sense also.  Steve Jobs epit0mised the benefits of a strong visual arts education.  Figuring out people think visually, make choices visually will have great economic impact for a long time to come.

Some Leading American Research into Arts Education finds:-
Young people who participate regularly in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Young artists, as compared with their peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often(“Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations,” Prof Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the ArtsMonograph, November 1998)

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