Visual arts education is an effective learning tool that brings out the creative and instinctive feelings of the individuals. Thus individuals have permanent learning experience by observing objects and assets around to internalize them in their minds. Hence visual arts education is a necessity for individuals in their lives. An effective art education is a very important factor in the primary stage in which creativity developing of children are high. It contributes individuals; to participate in the community as a social person, to make right decisions with mental activities, to express themselves emotionally. By this way the aims of this study is to determine the contributions of visual arts lesson to students. The study carried out with four visual arts lesson teachers working at secondary stage in elementary education. Semi-structured interviews used as a data collection tool. The data obtained from the participants, were analyzed descriptively in line with qualitative research approach. As a result, it is found that the visual arts lessons contribute the social, mental and emotional development of the children. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.