• Perla Tiburcio

The Importance of Studying the Fine Arts

Two years ago, the School of Fine Arts was created at Cairo High School as an way to bring together students with interests in music, theatre, dance, and other related fields.

Last month, the Red & Black reported on the Fine Arts Day at Eastside Elementary, where CHS students who participate in Chorus, Band, Theatre, Dance, and Art had an opportunity to share their talents with the younger students of Grady County. Whether it is a poetry competition, a chorus or honor band performance, or the current musical being performed, there is always something exciting going on within the School of Fine Arts at CHS.

The Red & Black recently spoke with Ms. Landrie Bock, Ms. Bock, Theatre Director of the School of Fine Arts at CHS, who shared some of the most important reasons for studying the fine arts. For more information on Ms. Bock's Theatre classes here at CHS, check out our earlier story.

Children grow up going to school, having to solidly focus on academics such as math, language arts, science, and social studies. Most children do not begin to get involved in fine arts such as dance, band, art, and drama until they enter middle school. Most elementary schools have few classes that provide children the opportunity to study the area of fine arts.

The CHS Syrup Singers and Choral Director Ms. Erikka Edwards

Being involved in fine arts is different than being involved in anything else due to process of connecting with the real world. Fine arts have the ability to prosper students’ creativity, imagination, and can push a student to do more than what he or she believed was possible. Fine arts also give children the opportunity to know that the world needs people interested in fine arts because it brings people together whether it is on a local, state, or national level.

When there is a band concert, a play, an art gallery, a dance performance, or a chorus program, you will tend to see an audience of people rather than an individual. So fine art does have the power to bring people together. Many people who work within the areas of fine arts, such as artists, actors and actresses, singers, and dancers, become more than just another individual in those areas, but models to future generations of talented people.

The CHS R&B Dance Team

Some important stats to consider when thinking about the benefits for students include the increase in learning capacity in academic classes such as math and learning a second language. It promotes creative critical thinking, problem solving skills, and it can also reduce emotional and behavioral problems. All fine arts help individuals to become a team, most importantly a family, when students have to work with other students to accomplish an objective or ultimate goal like preparing for a huge show or presentation.

Unlike students in academic classes, fine arts classes are more full of students who are interested in areas within the fine arts. The students in a fine arts class are in the class as a choice rather than a mandatory requirement, making it more interesting for the students. Students tend to enjoy it more often than academic classes because they simply are not forced to take a fine arts class if it is not mandatory.

Fine arts can have huge benefits for students who experience poverty. Fine arts classes have the ability to keep the mind at a clam state of no worries. Children especially should not have to live in a world where they worry so much that it could cause an illness or harm to them physically. Children need to know it is okay having fun and being happy because those are elements children should grow up with. Students being involved in fine arts during school can get them recognized for their talent, as they should, rather than their financial status.

Winners of the recent Poetry Slam and Jam held at Whigham

Participating in the fine arts can also improve with test scores and college readiness: according to ArtEdSearch, an "analysis showed that the verbal and math SAT scores of students taking any form of art, irrespective of number of years, are significantly higher than for students who take no art.” The more years a student studied fine arts, the higher those students' scores tended to be. Specifically, participation in acting and drama correlates with the highest results.

Being involved in fine arts does good both mentally and emotionally. It certainly builds character in students. Friends and family should try to encourage children to get involved in the fine arts instead of discouraging them.

" Fine art is knowledge made visible." - Gustave Courbet