The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to again partner with Allegany County Public Schools for its Annual Student Art Showcase.
Emerging Artists features artwork from elementary, middle and high school students representing Allegany County public schools in a variety of mediums - watercolor, collage, assemblage, pottery and more.
The Annual Student Art Showcase gives art teachers an opportunity to showcase the work of their students in a professional exhibition setting. This is a great experience for children - seeing our work on display gives us confidence to continue pursuing art as a career or lifelong pursuit. In 2019, we will also have representatives from FSU's Visual Arts Department on hand to discuss how a college degree in art and related fields can take you to the next level. This year, we will also offer cash prizes to students in elementary, middle and high school and the work will be jurored by FSU Visual Arts Chair, Dr. Travis English.
More importantly, particpating in art in school has many other benefits - check out the things you might not often think of that help students prepare for their lifetimes.
Creativity - This may seem like a no-brainer, but the arts allow kids to express themselves better than math or science. As the Washington Post says: In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in six different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.
Improved Academic Performance - The arts don’t just develop a child’s creativity—the skills they learn because of them spill over into academic achievement. PBS says, “A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”
Motor Skills - This applies mostly to younger kids who do art or play an instrument. Simple things like holding a paintbrush and scribbling with a crayon are an important element to developing a child’s fine motor skills. According to the National Institutes of Health, developmental milestones around age three should include drawing a circle and beginning to use safety scissors. Around age four, children may be able to draw a square and begin cutting straight lines with scissors.
Confidence - While mastering a subject certainly builds a student’s confidence, there is something special about participating in the arts. Getting up on a stage and singing gives kids a chance to step outside their comfort zone. As they improve and see their own progress, their self-confidence will continue to grow.
Visual Learning - Especially for young kids, drawing, painting, and sculpting in art class help develop visual-spatial skills.
Decision Making - The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. How do I express this feeling through my dance? How should I play this character? Learning how to make choices and decisions will certainly carry over into their education and other parts of life—as this is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood.
Perseverance - The fact is all through our lives we will continually be asked to grow - to develop new skills and work through difficult projects. Developing and creating art can be challenging - and can often make us frustrated and want to quit, but it's the continual discpline and practice which furthers our skills and it does pay off.
Focus - As you persevere through painting or singing or learning a part in a play, focus is imperative. And certainly focus is vital for studying and learning in class as well as doing a job later in life.
Collaboration - Many of the arts such as band, choir, and theater require kids to work together. They must share responsibility and compromise to achieve their common goal. Kids learn that their contribution to the group is integral to its success—even if they don’t have the solo or lead role.
Accountability - Just like collaboration, kids in the arts learn that they are accountable for their contributions to the group. If they drop the ball or mess up, they realize that it’s important to take responsibility for what they did. Mistakes are a part of life, and learning to accept them, fix them, and move on will serve kids well as they grow older.