Current Exhibition: Practice What We Teach

On display April 24th, 2024 – July 31st, 2024

The MSC Visual Arts Committee announces the opening of Practice What We Teach! The exhibit is on display in the Reynolds Gallery from April 24th, 2024 – July 31st, 2024.

This exhibition invites you to explore the minds and talents of Brazos Valley’s dedicated art educators. We are honored to showcase an exciting collection of pieces from individuals who impart knowledge and spark creativity in schools and art studios in our community. Here, they step out of the classroom to reveal their own artistic voices.

Art education has a fascinating history that spans centuries. In the seventeenth century, drawing was considered an integral part of a basic elementary school curriculum, alongside reading, writing, singing and playing a musical instrument. An art education laid the foundation for visual expression and creativity. Today, art education continues to evolve, adapting to societal changes, new technologies, and shifting perspectives about the role and impact of art.

As supporters and lovers of the arts, the students of the MSC Visual Arts Committee believe art education plays a pivotal role in shaping well-rounded, adaptable, and culturally aware individuals. Art education goes beyond teaching technique: it nurtures socio-emotional skills. Through artistic expression, students learn empathy, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence—skills that are essential for thriving in a complex global society (UNESCO, 2024). Engaging with art provides an outlet for self-expression and reduces stress, but it also teaches children how to give and receive feedback constructively (Warner, 2022). Studies show that students engaged in arts programs tend to perform better academically. (Kisida, 2019)

In summary, art educators teach students valuable life experiences. They encourage collaboration, communication, and teamwork while teaching skills that enhance cognitive abilities, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Art is about nurturing curious minds, fostering empathy, and preparing students for a dynamic future.