Fine Arts

Fine Arts

The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more professional dancers and artists.  It’s to  create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who lead productive lives.

Kelly Pollock

Engaging with the fine arts cultivates a worldly appreciation for expression, leads students to work in group settings, and promotes learning on a higher level than merely memorizing facts. In short, the fine arts are a fundamental component to any holistic education. While engaging with Columbus High School’s Fine Arts department, here are 5 of the skills you can expect to acquire: 

  • Promoting creativity | Often the first skill people think of when they hear the word “art” is creativity. It is an incredibly important thing to foster and hone, as creativity can be applied to just about every aspect of life—problem solving, everyday writing, projects (business or otherwise), etc.
  • Diligence | Painters will tell you that practice makes perfect, so will musicians, writers, actors, and just about any type of artist out there. To get better, one must be persistent in their craft. Learning to have this diligence early on will leave a lasting impression on students, who can take their hard-earned diligence and apply it to other parts of their life.
  • Teamwork | Band/Orchestra, choir, drama, and film are team efforts, and so students can learn the value of working with others and understanding their contribution to the bigger whole. Marching band, for example, requires students to master their placements—if one person is off, the entire picture is jeopardized. This emphasizes the importance of the individual within the larger organization, a skill and mindset that will be vital down the road.
  • Developing Worldliness | Many choirs perform pieces of music from different time periods and different countries, breeding an interest and appreciation for other cultures. The same goes for visual art; students in art class will study famous artwork from painters around the world—like Pablo Picasso or Frida Kahlo. This will give them a new perspective and make them more worldly.

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Joshua Milam

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