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Hand Work in the Horace Mann School: The Fine Arts--Aim and Value of Art Study


by Alfred V. Churchill — 1900

THE FINE ARTS I. AIM AND VALUE OF ART STUDY Art study in the public schools seems to be established almost beyond the point of controversy. There are, however, many thoughtful persons who still doubt the expediency of art training for the average man. In these days of questioning, when even the oldest and best-established studies of the school curriculum are called upon to prove their right to existence, it may not be amiss to state briefly the raison d'etre of art work in public education. Although the term "art" i represents the whole range of man's higher creative expression and is one of the necessities of his nature, yet esthetic development has sometimes been thought of as rather remote from the social ideal of public education. As a matter of fact, no subjects in the curriculum stand more securely than the art subjects on the basis of social efficiency. The truth of this statement may be considered under the following topics: (1) The powers cultivated by art study; (2) the importance of the arts of design as a medium of expression by the child; (3) the fact that an educated public taste is a basis of national wealth; (4) the-significance of the arts of design in the race achievement; and (5) the educational value of the point of view inculcated by art study.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 1 Number 4, 1900, p. 304-323
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9695, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 8:05:53 AM

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