The Illinois Art Education Association sponsors Youth Art Month in March. – The month of March is celebrated by many national and state professional education associations as a time to focus on students' participation in the arts. It is a time to recognize the state's outstanding young artists and focus on careers in the arts available to Illinois students, and enhance public support for this important part of our curriculum.
The Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning address visual and multicultural literacies, as well as creative thinking skills competencies that students should achieve through Fine Arts.
Fine Arts is a key component of a student's education and development. It's important that students learn the language of the arts, understand how works of art are produced, and understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.
The Gallery 62 –
In celebration of Illinois Arts Education Week the Board of Education hosted a special recognition of student art.
The celebration, Gallery 62, is a unique opportunity for the Board of Education to honor outstanding elementary student artists and the teachers who mentor them. One piece of art is selected for creativity and artistic achievement from each school by the art teacher. The artwork will hang in Forest Board Room hallway for two years. After that period, the artwork is displayed in the school where it was created until the student is promoted from District 62. Parents will receive the artwork at the artist’s eighth grade promotion ceremony.
A kaleidoscope of art elements, moods, emotions, ideas, and values were displayed at the March Board of Education meeting, as twelve students and their art teachers presented original student works to the Board of Education as a part of Gallery 62 Art Exhibit. Each student-teacher team focused on the lessons, the tools, the techniques, and the cultural heritage or aesthetic values that were represented in each piece.
Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts,
it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are
seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the
unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers.
exhaust what we can know.
The limits of our language do not define the limits of
The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
he arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must
reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable
The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults
believe is important.
SOURCE: The Arts and the Creation of Mind, (2002) Eisner, E., Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. The above chart is available in 52 languages at the National Art Educators Association’s website along with other valuable information concerning arts education: www.arteducators.org/advocacy/10-lessons-the-arts-teach.
The Gallery 62
The Gallery 62
Student Art Exhibit
The Gallery 62 Art Exhibit was introduced as a way to recognize works of art created by District 62 students under the guidance of district art teachers. The Board of Education presents the original art to the parents or guardians during eighth grade promotion ceremonies.
Our District's highly qualified instructors use their instructional skills to generate the artwork. The artwork chronicles the commitment to developing competence across the curriculum through the arts. Each piece hangs in Forest Board Room hallway for two years. After that period, the artwork is displayed in the school where it was created until the student is promoted from District 62. If an artist should move out of the district prior to promotion the art is given to the parents or guardians at that time.
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