The WHRHS Arts Department offers courses in Fine and Performing Arts,
Career Arts, Visual Art, Theatre, Music, Dance, Design, and Wood Arts Technology.
The courses offered provide students with an array of creative opportunities.
Most subjects are presented through sequential study of the discipline.
10 LESSONS THE ARTS TEACH
by Elliot Eisner
1. The arts teach children to make good 6. The arts teach students that small
judgments about qualitative relationships. differences can have large effects.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which The arts traffic in subtleties.
correct answers and rules prevail, in the
arts it is judgment rather than rules 7. The arts teach students to think
that prevail. through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means
2. The arts teach children that problems can through which images become real.
have more than one solution and that
questions can have more than one answer. 8. The arts help children learn to say
what cannot be said. When children
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. are invited to disclose what a work
One of their lessons is that there are many of art helps them feel, they must
ways to see and interpret the world. reach into their poetic capacities
to find the words that will do the
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms job.
of problem-solving purposes are seldom
fixed but change with circumstance and 9. The arts enable us to have
opportunity. Learning in the arts requires experiences we can have from no
the ability and a willingness to surrender to other source and through such
the unanticipated possibilities of the work experiences to discover the range
as it unfolds. and variety of what we are capable
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither
words in their literal form nor numbers 10. The arts' position in the school
exhaust what we can know. The limits of curriculum symbolizes to the young
our language do not define the limits of what adults believe is important.
SOURCE: Eisner, E. "What the Arts Teach and How it Shows, "The Arts and teh Creation of Mind (pp. 70-92). Yale University PRess: New Haven, Connecticut, 2002. Available from National Art Education Association (NAEA) Publications.
Brad Commerford Director - Arts/World Languages
(908) 647-4800 x6848