Visual arts are art forms that are visual in nature and it is not restricted to only paintings. There are many other art forms that teachers can engage their students in. Art in education is not about reproducing an entire class full of the same painting but an expression of each individual student’s take on the art theme. The purpose of the visual arts is to allow “students [to] develop knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes in Making and Appreciating” (Board of Studies NSW, 2000, p. 10). Teachers need to have the positive experience of visual arts to be motivated and thus complementing the needs of the students in art education (Nordlund, 2013, p. 17). Perhaps it will be the goal to nurture “educators as artists” (Nordlund, 2013, p.19) with the belief that “anyone can make art… [by breathing] art into those things [teachers] do with love” (Nordlund, 2006, p. 153) that will bring art in education alive for students.
Board of Studies NSW (2000). Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: DET.
Nordlund, C. (2006). Art experiences in Waldorf education: Graduates’ meaning making reflections (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://mospace.umsystem.edu/xmlui/handle/10355/4457
Nordlund, C. (2013). Waldorf education: Breathing creativity. Art Education. 1(1). 13-19.