“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”.

Thomas Merton

In the Ursuline Art Department we believe that now more than ever Art is needed by our young people as a forum for safe expression, communication, exploration, imagination, and cultural and historical understanding. Art is so important to education. In a world that is so busy and stressful, having an appreciation for art instilled in you allows you to stop and enjoy the beauty that can be found in the world. Art allows you to use and explore the creative side of your brain and is a wonderful way to express our feelings and notice the beauty around us.

“ Every artist was first an amateur” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

•Research that has been carried out on the brain confirms that Art strengthens student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement, school success, and preparation for the work world.

• Here in the Ursuline our Art classes provide students with a chance to develop cognitive and creative skills, and to develop their imaginations.

• We believe art can teach our students to be more tolerant and open through multicultural and historical perspectives and through their involvement in the creative process itself.

• Collaboration is so important and due to the collaborative nature of art, students develop crucial skills in cooperative decision-making, leadership, communication, and complex problem solving while working with others.

• Regular participation in art develops self-confidence, self-discipline, persistence, and the knowledge of how to make multiple revisions to create work of a very high standard.

• The skills and experience that students develop by learning to create and respond to works of art provides a foundation for the kinds of literacy students must have to communicate and work successfully in our ever-changing media, technology, and information age.

• Art supports not only the adolescent’s intellectual and educational development but also their personal and social development.


“ This world is but a canvas to our imagination”

Henry David Thoreau.