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Art plays a lively role in the individual's personal life and in the nation's social and economic development. The study of visual arts encourages personal development and awareness of both our cultural heritage and the role of art in society. The student acquires personal knowledge, skills and competences through visual arts activities. When studying visual art he / she would appreciate or understand that art is an integral part of everyday life.
The role that art plays in personal development and the nation's socio-economic development is explained below.
1. It promotes creativity:
Visual art education helps the student develop the ability to think, feel and act creatively with visual materials. The student also develops the ability to add something new. This desirable quality is acquired when the student participates in practical lessons such as designing and creating an artifact to solve a problem or satisfy a need.
2. It offers a total education for the individual:
Visual arts education offers students comprehensive education. Such education comes when the student produces an object to meet a special need in society. He works with organizing and exploring art materials, tools and techniques. In addition, he collects different ideas, chooses key ideas, simplifies and analyzes them, combines and separates ideas. These problem-solving activities help to train the teacher's head (mental abilities).
When the artist uses the tools and materials he has explored and the techniques acquired to produce the objects, he also develops manual or practical skills. This is aimed at training the hand.
Visual art education helps students appreciate artwork. When we see these artists, they create certain emotions in us. Appreciation for the work would make us talk intelligently and knowledgeable about it. This educates the heart. Because of this, we can say that visual arts studies provide creative training of the head, hand and heart.
3. It helps us learn about our cultural heritage:
Visual art education helps the student build an appreciation of our cultural heritage that our ancestors handed to us. This appreciation is acquired by learning different art histories and studying art understanding and criticism. These studies help the artist to understand the meaning and usefulness of our art that embodies our sets of beliefs and ideologies. Thus, works of art are used to maintain ideas, knowledge and beliefs in a society that has been handed down from one generation to another. In this way we learn about our cultural heritage.
4. Provides knowledge of aesthetics:
The study of visual arts helps students to develop interesting ideas about beauty (aesthetics). As the student receives a lot of appreciation and criticism of different artists, he / she creates "good taste". He can distinguish between works of art that are aesthetically pleasing and those that are not. This helps the student make decisions and make good judgments.
5. Personal and national identity projects:
Visual art education helps students build self-respect and personal ego. When an artist produces works of art in and outside society or the country, it projects his identity or makes him known to his own compatriots and foreigners. This is largely due to the artist exhibiting his artwork during art exhibitions, fairs and bazaars. When an exhibition is organized outside the country and the artist participates in it, it greatly helps to project his nation.
Since the themes or topics of works from Ghana speak lavishly about our culture, it helps to make our culture known to other people in the world.
6. Helps develop subjective thinking for a hearty human relationship:
Skills needed to build a healthy family and human relationships are reflected in art activities. By organizing various opposite design elements such as lines, shapes, texture, tone, pattern and color into pleasant relationships, the artist can develop a peaceful and cordial relationship with people with different characters and cultural identities.
The study of art appreciation that teaches students to develop the ability to see "good" in each artwork also creates for students the ability to accept people as they are. This subjective thinking helps to develop cordial human relationships.
7. Promotes cognitive, psychomotor and affective forms of development:
Visual art education promotes the cognitive development of students. Skills in thinking and reasoning are developed by organizing materials into art forms and critically appreciating them. This critical thinking helps in the cognitive development of students.
Practical activities in visual arts help to train the muscles and keep the body healthy. This promotes teachers' psychomotor development.
The affective or emotional development of the students is nurtured through appreciation of works of art. Practical lessons in art help the student to cultivate desirable qualities such as patience, slowness and tolerance, which helps the heart to always be healthy.
8. Art is used to correct physical, psychological and emotional growth deficits:
Practical activities in the visual arts can help reduce tension and emotional stress in people. The lives of physically challenged people and social mistakes are reorganized or changed as they participate in practical lessons in art. Those who have flaws in their physical and psychological growth are gradually corrected as they explore using art tools and materials in the creation of works of art. Art therefore serves as a therapy or medical aid for those with growth deficiencies.
9. Provides opportunities for development of cottages and small-scale industries:
The visual arts program provides a creative base for establishing small-scale industries. The students learn to produce quality products that meet the taste and requirements of the market. In addition, students are given instruction in entrepreneurial skills and factors to consider when setting up their own companies in the art field. This training helps students to establish their own small-scale industries.
10. Promotes the nation's tourism industry:
Artwork is sold to tourists to earn foreign currency. Art souvenirs are exported to foreign countries to earn significant funds for the artist and the nation as a whole. This helps to promote the tourism industry.
11. Art reduces poverty:
Art is an income generating company that provides employment for several Ghanaians. It helps its practitioners earn money to take care of themselves and their families to reduce the nation's poverty rate.