One cannot speculate on the purpose of art and art education without pondering in one’s mind the ultimate question of what life is for. It is fashionable nowadays to discourage ultimate questions with a smile, but one does so at one’s own peril…art training is not one of the minor fillers of the curriculum, but relates to the very fundamentals of education. What are these fundamentals? Reading, writing, and arithmetic? Certainly, these are indispensable skills; but should we not realize by now that they are just skills? And that even as a list of skills the list is incomplete? If am not mistakes, the three fundamentals of education are: Perceiving, Thinking and Forming. And the tools needed to exert these faculties of the mind are numbers, words, and shapes. Of these three sets of tools the first two have been considered the only essential once since the Middle Ages. We must rehabilitate the third.”                 —Rudolph Arnheim

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