Mrs. Janssen's Class
In the art classroom, students develop many skills. The first important skills are critical thinking and problem solving. Students analyze artwork and plan for their own art using these skills. Reflection is also a vital skill for the creation of art. Students use plans, discussions and rubrics to think about and enhance their artwork. Finally, students develop technical skills with a variety of art media. Together all of these skills will be used to create expressive and meaningful artwork.
These skills can all be transferred and applied to other content areas. The "reading" of an artwork is very similar to reading text. Students search for context clues, identify subjects, and make predictions when interpreting an artwork. Problem solving skills are essential for everyday life and can be applied in the subject areas of writing, mathematics and science. Students also respond to cultural events and history by discussing artwork and applying themes to their own lives, and their own communities.