SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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ics are like artists because they engage in exploration unfettered by the urgency of time, profitability, usefulness, or practical applications. Mathematician John A Nash received a Nobel Prize because some of his explorations were found to be useful in economics, even though he did not set out to solve any real-world problems in his Continued from page 8. personal exploration of patterns in mathematics. Fine artists are valued for their uniqueness, talent, rarity, mystery, elusiveness, and tendency to challenge and disrupt traditional cultural norms. These qualities are not perceived as essential skills for all students when more basic communication and problem-solving needs are not being met in schools. DESIGN THINKING Revisualizing Advocacy Martin Rayala dvocacy for arts education should first promote benefits essential for all students. The main benefits are, first, basic communication skills and application to real-world problems, followed by mass communication, cultural connections, and personal self-expression. Basic Communication Reading, writing, and mathematics are most prominent in schools because they are seen as basic communication skills that enable students to learn any subject matter. Other equally important primary communication tools such as sounds, movement, images, objects, spaces, and experiences must not be overshadowed by words and numbers. Primary communication skills mean basic movement rather than dance, sound rather than music, and visual communication rather than art. Including the full range of communication tools is really what is meant by opening new doors to understanding and addressing learning styles of all students. Visual communication must take its place right alongside written communication, oral communication, and computer literacy. Visual Culture and Mass Media Social studies is traditionally one of the four core subject areas, even though it is not as consistently taught or tested in schools. Visual culture studies is a counterpart to social studReal-World Applications ies and includes popular culture, folk Science closely follows reading, writarts, crafts, vernacular design, and ing, and mathematics in perceived mass media. importance in schools because it has Mass media and visual culture are practical applications. Design is the ways we understand and communicounterpart to science in the visual cate ideas about being world because both scihuman and understandence and design are ways The practices of ing those around us. to understand the world science and design Relaxation, fun, play, around us and solve realare both useful and and free exploration are world problems. highly creative. essential for human Through physics, growth and developchemistry, biology, and ment, but, to taxpayers, these are not geology we come to know and underthe most compelling arguments for stand the world around us. Through the importance of visual learning in information design, product design, schools. architecture, urban planning, and interactive design we apply new Exploration and Self-Expression knowledge to create innovations Every form of communication has that solve problems and satisfy basic modes of exploration and personal human needs. The practices of science self-expression. Those engaged in pure and design are both useful and highly science and theoretical mathematcreative. Continued on page X. 8 FREE FREE FREE Free access to 6 years of digital issues. Only at Martin Rayala is currently the editor of andDESIGN magazine. Web Link 46 December 2012 SchoolArts

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