NAEA Student Chapter
Members of the National Art Education Association Student Chapter work to prepare themselves to teach the young minds of tomorrow. During their weekly meetings and service projects they work to develop their critical thinking skills, visual culture, art history, community involvement, and the development of big ideas. For more information about the student chapter, please email:
The National Art Education Association Student Chapter is creative arts community established by art education students and student-led initiative at GVSU.

The students were also selected to present their work at the National Art Education Association Conference. At this event, other Art Educators and Art Education Students were able to view their work.

Student Chapter members presenting at the National Art Education Association Annual Conference.

The members of the student chapter networked with a local adult health care service. For two hours, eight elderly participants created artwork using a foam printing press.

Creating art with the residents of the health care center led by NAEA student chapter.

What do the arts teach? by Prof. Elliot W. Eisner

10 LESSONS THE ARTS TEACH (Eisner, 2002).
1. The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solutionand that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. 
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition.
6. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
8. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
9. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.
10. The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young
what adults believe is important.

SOURCE: Eisner, E. (2002). The Arts and the Creation of Mind, In Chapter 4, What the Arts Teach and How It Shows. (pp. 70-92). Yale University Press. Available from NAEA Publications. NAEA grants reprint permission for this excerpt from Ten Lessons with proper acknowledgment of its source and NAEA.