Be Visual

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Why Be Visual?

In the 21st century, everything around us is VISUAL. From the clothes we wear, to the app we use on the smartphone we bought because of its function, but most important, its design. User interfaces for daily tasks are moving from the written to the visual. The way something looks has now become as important as its functionality. Our children consume knowledge from a multitude of sources mostly through screens – game screens, ipod screens, computer screens, flat panel television screens, data projection screens, and many more. Gone are the days of producing imagery on the fly without a graphic designer or someone with some visual art knowledge. Consumers demand websites that are slick, clean and sophisticated to drive people to their content and achieve their business goals. You have to Be Visual in the world today.

Did you know that . . .

We live in a visual age. Most children and youth spend 10 hours per day in front of screens composed of pictures and words, often two types of screens at once.

The arts provide jobs. 1.25 million Americans currently work in the visual arts. Jobs for artists and designers are predicted to increase by 43% by 2016.

Art education equips students to form mental images, which can be used to solve problems—an ability that chemists, engineers, and architects use to create models and that inventors use to think up new ideas.

Art education requires students to use their eyes and hands to give form to ideas generated in the brain—a discipline that Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel proved boosts brain power. Research also indicates that high school art programs engage students and keep in school those at-risk of dropping out.

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Now more than ever, the children of Texas need to be strong, educated, visual learners to achieve success and access knowledge in the 21st century. The Texas Art Education Association promotes quality visual arts education by advocating it as an integral part of a balanced curriculum in Texas schools. We encourage children, youth, and adults to BE VISUAL and learn about art. Watch for the TAEA Be Visual initiative throughout annual conference and through the year. Support art education in your Texas community!

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Be Visual Idea Gallery

Be Visual Idea Gallery

Be part of the new project of Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) —- Be Visual. This tagline project is more than some words to sum up TAEA, it is a call to action, a way to engage community —- as visual folk, we encourage our students everyday to look, observe, record, think and express. We encourage them to Be Visual in all facets of their life. In the coming year, your state professional organization is going to encourage each of you to step out and engage the community with ideas to show the importance of art education in the lives of our young people. The Be Visual logo is the “face” of this effort and TAEA is going to work to provide ideas and tools that you as a professional can use to get our community to support Texas art education. To further this effort, we are asking TAEA membership to share their creative ideas and rich experience with suggestions to engage the community and to get the public to support Texas art education. From Empty Bowls to exhibitions to public art happenings, we want to hear and share YOUR ideas. Ideas will be shared back out for membership use via Submit your idea at conference or online and help Texans Be Visual!