Some food for thought:
Addressing an education conference in late 2006, Dan Gioia, then chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said that we need "a system that grounds all students in pleasure, beauty, and wonder." He added, "If we are going to compete productively with the rest of the world, it's going to be in terms of creativity and innovation."
In reporting this bold statement, Education Week (April 1, 2009) also shared the results of a study of 150 eminent scientists from Pasteur to Einstein completed by Robert Root-Bernstein. He found that nearly all of the great inventors and scientists were also musicians, artists, writers, or poets. Galileo, for example, was a poet and literary critic. Einstein was a passionate student o f the violin. And Samuel Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, was a painter.
Thanks to Julie Liddle of Art in Hand for forwarding me an e-mail with the above.
And thanks everyone for all of your wonderful comments about art supplies! I love reading about all your favorites!