Working as an art therapist one of the sad and oftentimes spoken blocks for my clients is that "I am no good at art". Shockingly most of this belief has come from what they learned in school and the negative and destructive criticism of their teachers.
I 100% support art education across the board - art, music, theatre, dance and, in my opinion, the arts are equally important as math and science - in fact we can learn both those subjects through the arts. However, the structure of the curriculum and teachers who teach art from a formal curriculum does not benefit students.
Last year my daughter signed up for dance, textiles and art at high school. Dance was amazing, textiles and art not so much. My designer to be has not brought out her drawing pad since the end of the semester. I loved the cupcake paintings she brought home and the clay fairy but she said they were not up to standard. Aaaahhhh.
Due to the teachers strike here she has not received an actual grade so we don't know but her perception from the teacher is that she is not good enough, she is de-motivated. This child has been painting since she was 18 months old and always loved it. Fortunately the dance teacher has a different teaching style and incorporates special needs as well as mediocre and outstanding dancers in her program with equal enthusiasm.