Acclaimed Art Dubai to Return for Sixth Edition

Acclaimed Art Dubai to Return for Sixth Edition

From humble beginnings to international art fair extravaganza, the sixth annual Art Dubaifair returns to its roots this March. 2012′s Art Dubai promises to be its strongest edition yet, with a variety of artistic and educational programs, satellite fairs, commissioned projects, and performative tours. Featuring 75 galleries from 32 countries, the event has become a fundamental feature in the MENASA region (Middle East/North Africa/South Asia), expanding to include art from across the globe. What’s on the menu at this Middle Eastern hotspot event? Sikka Art Fair is back for its second turn, highlighting the works of emerging Emirati artists. Also in the spotlight are a slew of artist and curator residencies, the unveiling of the Abraaj Capital Art...

The Importance of Fine Arts in the Classroom

The Importance of Fine Arts in the Classroom

Fine Arts is defined in the Encarta Dictionary as being, “any art form, for example, painting, sculpture, architecture, drawing, or engraving, that is considered to have purely aesthetic value” (Encarta, 2004). Though this definition is used in relationship with the arts in the regular world, in regards to teaching, fine arts is defined as a subject beneficial, not essential, to the learning process and is often phased out because of lack of time, little learning potential, and no money. Fine arts is simply seen as painting and drawing, not a subject studied by an academic scholar. Writer Victoria Jacobs explains, “Arts in elementary schools have often been separated from the core curriculum and instead, offered as enrichment activities that are considered...