Art can be defined many ways. Webster dictionary defines art as a branch of learning and the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects. As one can see art isn’t just drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. Art is a way of learning creatively, so that children can develop into well-rounded human beings. Not only is art fun and entertaining for students of all ages, it also has a number of positive effects on these students. Studies have shown that art can be used as an alternative form of learning that keeps kids willing to attend school daily. When students enjoy learning they will want to continue to learn; as a result, they are more likely to further their education beyond high school diploma. Research has shown that kids that are involved in art education are three times more likely to win an award for school attendance. Art can also serve as a motivator for those who don’t learn traditionally. For the students who are troubled by a whole day of traditional teaching styles from the monotonous “repeat after me” of elementary school to high school lectures, art classes serve as an escape. In the strict school district art allows students to express themselves in a safe, nonviolent way. Creating art can also be a productive method for alleviating students’ stress. As a result art keeps kids involved in school activities rather than violence. Children who are exposed to art are three times more likely to be elected to class office within their school than children who aren’t exposed to art. Art promotes creativity; through the use of art students are able to develop their ideas in multiple ways, developing critical, artistic, and analytical thinking skills. It allows the kids to think “outside the box,” including in their writings and research skills. In fact, kids who participate in the arts are four times more likely to win an award for writing and essay or poem. Have you ever seen a child smooth cool finger paint over a sheet of paper with both hands, pulling her fingertips through the paint to make squiggles? Or observed a child coloring in bountiful spirals with crayons? If yes, then you have seen the concentration on these children's faces, and the joyful expressions of art explored. You have witnessed creative art in process. Most of us instinctually know that art is important for our children; we simply believe it's important because we've seen our children deeply involved in art. But beyond what we feel and believe, there is much factual information about why art is important in our children's development that is both interesting and helpful to know. Creating art expands a child's ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child's development. But art goes far beyond the tangible statistics measured by studies -- it can become a pivotal mode of uninhibited self-expression and amazement for a child. Art matters the same way language matters -- or the way breathing matters! It is a fundamental component of what makes us uniquely human. Children Develop Life Skills through Art Activities
Art may seem like fun and games -- and it is! -- but you may not realize that your child is actually learning a lot through exploring the arts and doing art activities. Your children will gain useful life skills through art, so encourage them to get creative, and you will quickly see that your children are picking up these skills:
Communication Skills: When a child draws a picture, paints a portrait, or hangs buttons from a wobbly mobile, that child is beginning to communicate visually. A child may draw to document an actual experience like playing in the park, release feelings of joy by painting swirling colours, or share an emotionally charged experience like the passing...
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