In her book Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts, literacy professor Claudia Cornett (2003) presents ten effects of visual arts on learning and motivation as a rationale for why teachers should integrate art into their curriculum:
1. Art activates emotions and motivates.
2. Art is a way of communicating through visual and spatial symbols.
3. Art is a means of thinking through the senses.
4. Art develops esthetic sensitivity.
5. Art develops higher-order thinking skills and creative problem-solving capabilities.
6. Art strengthens self-understanding and confidence about being unique.
7. Art promotes respect for diversity.
8. Art develops responsibility, focus, concentration, and self-discipline.
9. Art reflects life, so it naturally integrates all curricular areas.
10. Art is a way to assess. (p. 156-161)
Cornett, C. E. (2003). Creating meaning through literature and the arts: An integration resource for classroom teachers (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.