#1. I want them to TRY, to get out of their comfort zone, especially the ones who walk in and say, "I can't do art." When they understand grades are not based on skill, they open up to the idea.
#2. Once they get over their fear, and 99% do, then they start to explore personal points of view, and solving problems where there is more than one answer. That experience can follow them all their lives, another key accomplishment.
#3. I want them to come out of my room having broadened their perceptions of their world in the context of history and society. (They are not an island)
#4. I want them to see that the arts is more than "making stuff," that it reveals connections and information about core course material and deepens understanding. (Color/Physics, grids-tessellations-origami/Geometry-math, illustration/literature, sculpture/engineering, art history/The history of our species...)
#5. I want them to have a deeper understanding of themselves as a creative person, unique in all the universe.
#6. I want them to be happy, but the world has a way of beating the joy out of all of us. Art, is sometimes, a cure.