His interest in Pollock has sparked an interest in other artists, like Marc Chagall and Andy Warhol. Why did these artists paint the way they did? Studying works of art improves a child's critical thinking skills, helps children to make interdisciplinary connections and personal connections. The arts make learning more meaningful. And art for art's sake brings joy to our lives. This is the kind of authentic learning that gets cut from public education because of budget cuts and high stakes testing. All children must be given opportunities to discover their talents. Not all children have parents who are art teachers and can teach them at home. They rely on school for exposure to the arts. Be an advocate for an arts infused curriculum at every public school.
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Painting by Gianni Villa