April 17, 2013
Art is a very important tool for children in building many skills they will need to be successful and reach certain developmental milestones as they grow and mature. Thinking back, I remember the first time I took an art class. It is where my interest for art was nurtured and developed, and I loved getting to get messy with finger paints and learning how to mix my own colors. Of course, at the time I did not realize the important skills I was building while exploring my creative side. I was learning how to develop my own ideas, as well as my dexterity. Art was always fun for me, and I realize as an adult now just what an impact it placed …show more content…
I knew kids in high school who only took art, just to have an elective credit. But, art class really is more than just an "extra". From Kindergarten all the way up until high school, you are learning skills you will always carry with you. Starting as a young child you begin building your imagination, along with how to hold a tiny paintbrush or how to mix colors. Even as you grow older you begin to develop more complex ideas, and learn how to express them on a canvas or other medium. These are all skills that will help your grow, and thrive and become successful adults. One important skill art helps build in young children is dexterity. By holding a pencil or paintbrush and drawing scribbles on paper, young children learn to grasp small objects and also move objects around. Learning to place a crayon on paper and make shapes, helps children develop hand-eye coordination. Also, when a child begins to learn to paint and draw their own pictures, they begin learning decision making skills. They choose what colors they want to use and how they want their picture to look. All important things they need to learn, and will carry on with for the rest of their …show more content…
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