Art is an interactive, enveloping process in which the artist communicates and reflects on perceptions. Art education encourages development in terms of visual literacy and other critical thought. An art educator should promote independent learning and their curriculum should provide to students a chance to be exposed to, compare, and evaluate different time periods, cultures, and individuals in the realm of art. Art education provides the opportunity to become visually literate; it is an avenue for self fulfillment. The impact of visual communication is greatly interlaced within our everyday lives. When engaging with and interpreting surroundings and situations artists work off of more than their intuition. Urging individuals to respond proactively to the visual world cultivates cognizant and perceptive human beings. Perception of environments with a critical eye helps individuals regard space in a more meaningful way. Visuals are then internalized not simply for their surface values, but also for their potentially intended messages. In making and analyzing art, one is constantly judging and compiling connections. Studying art is a system within which one can think critically, creatively and utilize many sensory inputs at once. In arming someone with art education, we are giving that person a great advantage in terms of how they function within any given environment or scenario.
Art educators should help engage students with the subject according to the students’ interests and capacities. An art teacher should try to support independent learning with various materials and concepts. In art making, the individual explores ideas and solves problems, hands-on. Taking on these types of problems presents precious situations where a child can directly manipulate outcomes. The creative experience is an enveloping one, which involves mental and physical engagement. Hence the process of making art can be quite captivating for the child or student. An art educator should design lessons that allow students to make mistakes and learn from these results. Creating art is a process that requires a unique type of engagement in that art making is experimental. Knowledge in the subject of art can always deepen and this depth can help broaden a student’s sense of self. In these ways making and understanding art is psychological nourishment. Based on the subject of art, students can understand that there are multiple ways of answering a question. An art curriculum should encourage the exploration of many perspectives. It should be conceived through the lens of postmodern education and emphasize that the world is not limited to binaries. The subject of art is inherently a celebration of diversity. An art class environment, curriculum, and teacher’s attitude should reflect on the multiplicity of the subject. This curriculum provides an inclusive narrative when exploring the arts and art history. Art education is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate and accept the assets of many cultures. The subject of art encourages an openness to change. Art class should truly be a place where ingenuity is harvested. Students can achieve self realization and self fulfillment by enhancing their capacity for understanding many things through the lense of art.