In a recent chat with #innoed we started talking about how we value the arts. This is a topic that can go in so many directions because “the arts” can mean so many things.
In many ways, art can and should be incorporated into all kids of learning. Art needs to be a staple in education. At early ages children seem to express their learning through art, but as they go through school that seems to disappear. While I agree that the art an early childhood student and a high school student should be expressing themselves in different ways, art is a vast, multifaceted field. It should grow along with the kids and reflect their own growth.
Naturally the question of evaluating art came up as well (a long enough topic for another post). Art is a broad concept and we should embrace it rather than let it go on ignored.