Could Common Core Be a Good Thing for the Arts?

Depending on your age, hearing the phrase “Common Core” could mean something different.

If you’re a student, it’s a new way of thinking.  If you’re a teacher, Common Core is a new standard that you and your students will be held to. For parents, that means looking at your child’s math problems and not having a clue as to what they’re talking about.

But what about art teachers, specifically?

According to an article in the Topeka Capital Journal, the standards held by the Common Core support the more creative classes and recognize the need for creative thinking for future jobs. The three biggest arguments for art educators include:

Art StudentsStudent Engagement

The arts often provide students with a feeling of purpose and a sense of belonging that drives them to interact in other classes and with other school organizations. They often use art as a way to visualize their accomplishments and give themselves a gauge of their success as a student.

Economic Impact

Art can be used in a wide variety of ways and used in different businesses. Whether it’s the theater or art shows, there are always avenues for those involved with the arts to positively interact with the economy and the greater community at large.


The arts encourage people to think outside the box and make a wider net of connections. Problems can have more than one solution, which made it a staple in the eyes of Common Core.

Common Core treats art as an academic subject, leveling out the playing field between it and the other core classes. This gives more strength to the original argument that schools shouldn’t cut funding for arts-related classes or activities.

The subject of art education is one that is dear to us at Hunakai Studio. Through our classes, we help children of all ages to develop their artistic talents, building critical thinking skills to solve problems and effectively express their ideas in a way that only art can. For more information on our programs and sessions, contact us today.