The best way to explain how important art is is by showing you example of one or two art activities. You can see for yourselves how beneficial art education is to kids development. In one of our classes children were asked to paint with feet.
kids had to figure out how not to use hands- PROBLEM SOLVING
they were doing something out of ordinary – RISK TAKING;
by deciding to do this activity, which was very unusual for them, they improove their CRITICAL THINKING and DECISION MAKING SKILLS;
using new (to them) materials or techniques and even picking their own colours spikes up their CREATIVE THINKING;
using toes, feet, balancing their bodies and trying to paint at the same time improves MOTOR SKILLS;
“I can do it” , “he also can do it” – doing new and crazy activities together shows children that there is more than one way to look at the world. They are starting to be more OPEN-MINDED to other ideas and possibilities;
plus working together, having fun, solving problems together brings them closer – builds up FRIENDSHIP, BREAKS RACIAL AND SOCIAL BARRIERS, builds TEAMWORK and COMMUNITY SPIRIT;
by creating something kids learn about their own capabilities and builds up CONFIDENCE and pride in themselves – SELF – AWARENESS;
art is a great tool to SELF EXPRESSION – kids may not be able to name their feelings but art makes them happy and when they are happy they feel safe and confident enough to EXPRESS THEMSELVES;
creating requires focus and sometimes stillness which RELAXES children, CALMS them down, and it is a great way to deal with stress and anxiety;
kids also widen their vocabulary by talking about art, describing their own creations, which is LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT;
most importantly art is a fantastic alternative to xbox, play station or tv 🙂
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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ― Pablo Picasso