For example, one student I have taught for a few years has had many personal issues that had to be overcome before art could be the focus. I have been amazed by the tremendous confidence boost and new found sense of self. No, art class wasn't the only reason for this positive change, however; the ability was always there and encouraged. I always encourage practice, especially if they need to practice certain skills. At first there was skepticism from this student. Most students are reluctant, but this student could not see what I saw. I realized this student needed as much positive feedback as possible. This student's behavior throughout the school had shown signs of that. Then, the student started asking more questions about art and work ethic. The changes began to show in the behavior as well as the art. Once a student that had shown such stress in art as well as in school began to let art into the heart. This student became more self-aware, more confident and less likely to lash out with negative behavior. The art had shown the power of working on the self. Art continues to feed the confidence this student needs.
Yes, this is cheesy to say. If I hadn't seen this happen with many of my students, I would have a difficult time believing in education especially art education. These moments when you get to see or read about how art touches a student's life, makes you realize how important art education really is to any student. Art is so personal to each person. I always knew I needed art. You just never know who needs art in his or her life. Honestly, I think we could all benefit from more art in our lives!