e realization of the importance of art education for improving cognitive skills of students has encouraged educational institutions to organize and promote art activities for students. It has also encouraged institutions to promote art education in formal and non-formal settings. The significance of art education to improve cognitive skills has been recognized internationally. Its importance is evident from the fact that the Director Journal of UNESCO appealed on November, 1999 to promote Arts Education and Creativity at schools (Iwai).
It has been proved through research projects that the introduction of arts as proper education can promote aesthetic development of individuals. Based on this study, educational institution can make arts education an important constituent of their system. It will improve the overall performance of students in schools. According to a study conducted on two hundreds and fifteen pre-kindergarten students and two hundred and eight kindergarten students in Tel Aviv, Israel and Ohio, in the United States, it has been found that art education can actually result in aesthetic development of students. During this study, these students went through various visual activities. It was found through this study that students of pre-kindergartens and kindergartens who went through these activities under the supervision of their teachers achieved greater aesthetic development as compared to students who were without the supervision of teachers. Since arts education can successfully develop cognitive skills of children from a pre-kindergarten age, so it can be concluded that addition of arts in the formal education system will successfully result in personality development of students. It will also help students strengthen their long term memory, focus, and attention (Iwai).
According to the Art for USA organization, neuroscientists from seven universities across the world have advanced the understandings of the effect of art on learning of ...Show more