Art can improve academic skills

Art and math are more similar than you think!

According to an article by the National Art Education Association, visual art experiences teach several skills such as problem solving, creativity, observation, logical, and spatial skills.

These skills are undoubtedly relevant in mathematics. While making your way through geometry and algebra, you need a lot of spatial knowledge and critical thinking.

Careers like architecture, landscape planning, design, and graphic design are direct results of the idea that art and math can be combined. Often times, math has been seen as a dreaded subject in school while art is seen as fun and creative. But skills such as logical reasoning and critical thinking that are in art projects can facilitate understanding math taught in class.

Art through theatre and music can help students with reading comprehension skills. Often times, students learn more about literature through participating in the school play.

Listening to music or singing songs can improve vocabulary, particularly in foreign languages. For example, learning Spanish vocabulary can feel overwhelming, but listening to music in Spanish can improve understanding of difficult, native words and overall sentence structure. According to an article by the Washington Post, one of the major skills children learn from art is creativity and analytic thinking.

These skills are directly applicable to students when learning subjects like science or writing an essay in English. Art is more useful than we can imagine—it gives essential skills that can last a lifetime. And if you are someone who enjoys art, you’re in a win-win position.

What are other ways art could help your academics? What are some ways art could be used to teach core subjects like math or science? Let us know in the comments section!