As public school teachers with over 30 years experience, when Kim and I decided to establish our Monterey Art Studio, one of our main focuses had to be supporting academic achievement through our art lessons.  Kim has been teaching elementary school for six years and I have just retired from teaching K-12 over the past 26 years.

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In recent years, an increasing number of studies have suggested connections among cognition, social and emotional development, and the arts.  The arts offer alternative ways of thinking compared to other disciplines.

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Cultures are judged on the basis of their arts and most cultures and most historical eras have not doubted the importance of studying the arts.  Historically, societies have always included the arts in every child’s education because arts are a fundamentally important part of culture, and an education without them is an impoverished education leading to an impoverished society. Studying the arts should be as important as the sciences: they are time-honored ways of learning, knowing, and expressing.

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The Drawing Through the Alphabet classes have supported the learning in my daughter’s Kindergarten class, and her grandmother loves getting the art work gifts!
Nathan M.