Arts are an essential part of learning in all areas of life. John Goldonowisc published an article called “Art and Other Subjects” in the magazine Art Education in 1985 which highlights what art looks like in areas of our lives where you may not think of art to be.
“Like FRENCH or SPANISH, ART is a language that can be
learned and understood. It is a form of communication that one can
learn to read and speak through study and practice. Reading art means
understanding a visual statement. Speaking art means creating a visual
statement. When art seems strange or meaningless, it is only that this
language is yet to be understood.
Like ENGLISH, ART has an established vocabulary and grammar
(the elements and principles of design). These fundamentals of
composition are the basis for appreciating and producing works of art.
All creativity must be channeled through these rules of construction in
order to make a clear statement. To comprehend how art is put together
is to be visually literate.
Like SCIENCE, ART is based on a natural order and relationship of
elements. These elements, such as line and color, have unique properties
and can be explored in lab-like projects and exercises that reveal
individual characteristics, as well as how these qualities can be
manipulated and how these elements can work together. Through
experimentation, one can discover the nature and potential of art.
Like MATHEMATICS, ART possesses certain principles that are
logical, time-proven, and constant guidelines to pictorial organization.
An effective composition requires thought, planning, and order. All parts
must be considered toward the whole. Concepts such as linear
perspective and color theory are specifc examples of how art is as
analytical as it is emotional.
Like PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ART can require a sort of visual
toning—exercising one’s eyes earnestly and regularly. With
conscientious practice, one’s abilities can be recognized, developed, and
mastered. Through perseverance, a faithful routine can lead to
signicant accomplishment. A lazy or sporadic approach limits potential.
Gradual progress prevails over instant achievement.
Like SOCIAL STUDIES, ART promotes an awareness and
understanding of people and cultures. Art reflects the ideas and ideals of
societies, governments, and religions. Art has been influenced by
geography, war, and commerce. Art can help us understand past
civilizations and define our identity for future generations. Art is a visual
record of people and their world.
Like MUSIC, ART is based on the refinement of one of our senses.
As music relates to how one listens and hears, art focuses on looking and
seeing—on visual sensitivity. In both areas, the perception of subtlety is
essential to grasping variation and innovation. In music and art, the
greatest accomplishments are those in which subtlety and sensitivity are
balanced with skill and creativity.
Like RELIGION, ART can be a vehicle through which to tap one’s
soul. Art can be a mirror of one’s beliefs, one’s feelings, one’s identity,
one’s relationship to others. Art can express our secular and spiritual
quality, our orientation toward life. In exploring and exposing aspects of
people’s souls, art can communicate that which is universal and that for
which there are no words.”