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Visual Arts

From pencil drawings, paintings and clay sculptures to mask-making and theatrical set design (studying line, color, shape, texture, form, perspective and negative space) there are many opportunities for children to get involved in a giveback program that will help poor schools. The visual art supports underprivileged schools as children share art worldwide.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Picasso

Arts Education

Arts Education enhances creativity and increases creative thinking and problem-solving skills; and has been proven to increase communication skills vitally needed in today’s complex society with its emphasis on technology and mass communication. A variety of studies have demonstrated that participation in arts programs is critically important to education and learning, and leads to greater academic achievement.

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Why the Visual Arts?

Visual art projects provide children with a foundation, and an ultimately elevated skill-set required to compete in a hastily developing global economy. In a recent New York Times article, researchers found that visual arts classes had broad indirect benefits…"Students who study the arts seriously are taught to see better, to envision, to persist, to be playful and learn from mistakes…"

A valuable historical perspective:

"The visual arts, part of the human experience since prehistoric times, began with images painted or scratched on cave walls, small sculptured objects, and huge structural forms. Those works illustrate that artists at the dawn of human history, like other artists throughout the ages, were creative, imaginative, and self-expressive……They have been vital to all cultures and civilizations, communicating ideas, customs, traditions, and beliefs by providing a window through which the visual record of peoples, places, and circumstances in the past can be observed.

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The visual arts help human beings organize and make sense of what they observe and experience. The arts appear in many forms, including traditional and contemporary painting and drawing, sculpture and installation, photography, ceramics, folk arts and crafts of all kinds, and new media and electronic technology……With the application of the principals of design, such as harmony, balance, rhythm, dominance, and subordination artists can create unique and original statements through endless combinations, variations, and innovations……"

- California Visual and Performing Arts Framework

The Class-ACT Focus

Quotes from a Class-ACT artist:

"When I think about art and children, it comes to my mind that art is one of the first ways that a child finds to communicate. A child can trace before it speaks any language, using lines and blotches to symbolize a thought process."

"In the classroom every child has a unique individuality that can be expressed through art. My role is to encourage this self-expression by exposing them to the tools they need to create art with the textures, colors, brightness, and shapes of a specific medium. They gain knowledge, and experience the joy that comes from creating a uniquely beautiful piece of fine art all their own. The growth in personal development and social connections for the children becomes a strong point of gratification for me as an art instructor."