Having an arts program has been found to be very beneficial. They encourage skills and provide experiences in ways that cannot be replicated by anything else, leading to significantly improved learning in other areas. This is in part, due to the development of better visualization of the class material as well. It encourages better awareness of diverse cultural perspective and better respect for other points of view. It also encourages students to have better self-expression and a personal sense of meaning of daily experiences.
Arts programs also encourage the growth of the intuitive and creative areas of the brain. They also encourage the development of social skills as students are encouraged to share their ideas, creations and they are also encouraged to assist eachother by working in teams. The arts also tends to encourage improved judgment in qualitative relationships overall. They also tend to bring out a sense of decisive thinking, which trumps the often anxiety-producing feeling of having to be “right” all the time. Also, the students often develop a sense that a problem can have more than one creative solution.
Through arts programs, students are also encouraged to make statements that they find difficult to verbalize. Art itself also serves as a prompter that language is not limited by words but that words are often very limiting They tend to bring out the discovery of unexpected possibilities for the students, which they might not have otherwise had the opportunity to discover. It also tends to show students that what the adults know is actually of significant importance.
Art also teaches students to practice noticing subtlties. This also encourages them to spot errors in the various materials more easily and also, for example, encourages them to better notice the subtleties behind the messages in the stories that they are assigned to read in their English classes.
Even though much of the evidence for why having an arts programs in schools tends to lead to significantly more success is inconclusive, there is clearly more evidence for than against the case of schools having their own arts programs. At Matlock, many of our students also often show a talent in an art or a typically creative field such as science. We do our best to help them foster and develop this in order to encourage and to help them to be able to come up with creative solutions in the future.