As an art educator at Barnard Academy, I have found that art fulfills essential, unique needs in education. The enduring skills and understandings developed through art education at Barnard Academy support students throughout their lives in our complex, technological, visual culture. Art education nurtures creativity,teaches visual language and celebrates cross cultural understanding. Art education results in real skills in problem solving, critical thinking and invention. Art education unifies people within the school and community by bringing human issues to light through art making, viewing and discussion. Above all, art education is an essential means of reaching the full intellectual, social, and physical potential of every child at Barnard Academy.