From the first article two things really resonated with me. First was the influence of art on student behavior. As it mentioned in the article, "Eisner argues that exposing kids to multiple perspectives through the use of art helps them to become more effective problem solvers." I have alway been interested in the idea of "transferable skill", skills that are learned though participation in one activity that can make the participant more effective in another activity. I had never considered the variety of skills, like problem solving, that student can then apply to other subject like reading and math.
The second thing from the first article that was a big take away was the idea that art facilitate an opportunity whose intelligence is more art based as describe by Gardners Multiple Intelligence theory. Giving students an outlet to show their strengths will give them confidence to participate more in other areas where they might otherwise feel they are particularly strong.
The second article I really enjoyed. I taught science for 5 years. In that time I taught a unit called "Models and Sketches" this unit taught student how to create scientific models and sketches. This unit was taught early in the year and then applied again during different units where students needed to be able to create a model or do sketches. During the sketching unit, I collaborated with the art teacher who taught the students techniques on shading, shadows and how to look for specific details that are important to helping people identify what you are sketching. Until now, I did not really appreciate the benefit of integrating art into my lesson. My purpose of collaborating with the art teaching was simply to improve the students ability to sketch...for scientific accuracy. After reading this article it I now realize that I was allowing students to learning through both science and art and if you relate this to the first article, it gives students who might be more artistically skilled rather than scientifically inclined an opportunity to showcase they skills.
The third article was interesting as it used very strong methodology to prove why participation in art is important for students learning, not just in the art classroom, but in all subject, and in fact life. As discussed in the this article and the other articles art helps students be better learners, more confident learning and people, improve decision making and problem solving and can improve test scores.
My biggest take away from reading these three articles in that art in not just important to student success it is imperative when trying to take a holistic approach to teaching students.
I thought you provided a clear understanding of the articles. I agree that it is imperative to incorporate art in all subjects. I teach middle level ELA and it is a nightmare sometimes to get kids to want to participate fully. The articles suggest that art stimulates problem solving skills and intrinsic motivation. Those skills are always beneficial to subject where motivation may lack.