How Tech Is Reinventing Art Education

Transforming the educational landscape altogether, edtech firms have been playing a pivotal role in offering high-end, engaging, and tech-savvy learning experiences to the students.

Ever since the pandemic disrupted much of our everyday lives, the adoption of digital tools has significantly picked up its pace. Technology has forayed into almost all industries and the education sector has been no exception. Transforming the educational landscape altogether, edtech firms have been playing a pivotal role in offering high-end, engaging, and tech-savvy learning experiences to the students.

There is no doubt that technology solutions have been adopted to ensure the continuation of educational experiences at K-12, undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The scope of new technologies that have been introduced and accepted by students and parents alike have ensured that students have access to premium and issue-free learning despite social distancing norms. This access is everything.

Advances in technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, SaaS and more have made course curriculums possible. These advances are not limited to technology or science courses, but are specifically reinventing art education and are offering creative, innovative and high-end learning experiences. Technology is indeed pushing the growth and evolution of arts education at domestic as well as global levels. 

New-age technologies transforming the arts education landscape

Gone are the days when art education was just about making the students learn how to paint, sketch, draw and sculpt via hands and physical materials. In modern classrooms, and with the emergence of remote learning, art has become digital and extends beyond the conventional art learning process. With computer systems and software, students can now imitate and create digital masterpieces of the same work as was prepared with paper, canvas, pencil, paint or other traditional materials. This digital shift has also opened up a range of career opportunities along the way. 

Students of every age are increasingly using tablets and phones to create. Modern art classrooms have brought about a shift in the educational institutions' preferences from STEM to STEAM-based learning. They are emerging to be an essential component of the STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) educational process. 

Digital art tools, cloud art and modern classroom furniture have upscaled art education to unimaginable levels. They enable learners to enjoy, access, and craft extraordinary pieces and also share it in real-time with the world. They have been responsible for bringing about collaboration and innovation in arts education. It is due to their contribution that art is no more static and art education has successfully incorporated the motion element as well. 

Using advanced technologies such as AR and VR, students can now create virtually simulated state-of-the-art content in the form of motion videos, 3D animated graphics, GIFs and sculptures. The art of communicating visually for storytelling and information exchange has been revamped. All the learners need is assistance to work with the new-age technologies along with creativity, innovation, and out-of-the-box concepts. 

Benefits of technology-based art learning experiences

Including art is important to develop the children holistically and instil creativity and communication skills that develop a strong professional. It not only expands their horizons but also hones their creative streak. Technology has brought about diversity and has fostered creativity and connectivity amongst the art enthusiasts in the truest sense. They can now indulge in pursuing their passion freely and openly and the adoption of tech solutions leads to the classrooms being creative as well as competent. 

Technology has also allowed thousands of students to keep their education moving. Schools at home and institutions abroad have been leveraging the power of digital discussion groups, online portfolios, and interactive design platforms to keep students connected during a time of physical disconnection. We’ve seen universities and colleges help students thrive and never miss a beat in their goals of developing as artists.

Combining arts with technology helps carve the path for new career prospects and makes students industry-ready for future jobs. It not only motivates them and keeps them engaged in the learning process but also helps instil various skills required in order to have a competitive edge in the market. 

Teachers have to face various challenges while offering tech-based art education ranging from accommodating the changes in the teaching process, extending learning about art in the virtual space, gathering technical know-how about the usage of digital tools and software to ensuring that the students are engaged and choosing the right solutions provider. However, the pace at which technologies are entering the education industry and especially the art segment, those times won’t be far when the tech will become as indispensable as paints and brushes for art education!

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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